Stephen Costello — Tenor
American tenor Stephen Costello made his San Diego Opera debut in 2010 as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, returned in 2011 as the Singer in Der Rosenkavalier and Faust in Faust, in 2013 as Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment, and was heard a soloist in recital in 2015. Notable appearances include
Lensky in Eugene Onegin and a reprisal of Greenhorn in Moby-Dick for The Dallas Opera, a role he created for the world premiere. Der Rosenkavalier with Renée Fleming with the Boston Symphony, Romeo, the Duke in Rigoletto, and Lord Percy in Anna Bolena for the Metropolitan Opera, Rodolfo in La bohème at Madrid’s Teatro Real, Camille in the Merry Widow for Paris Opera. Other recent highlights included several notable firsts: besides singing his first Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon at Dallas Opera, and making house role debuts both as Verdi’s Duke at Madrid’s Teatro Real and Edgardo in a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House, he also made his Santa Fe Opera debut in the title role of Roméo et Juliette. At the Vienna State Opera he sang Nemorino in a new staging of The Elixir of Love. Costello made his professional debut in 2005 with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall. The following year brought his European debut, as Nemorino with Opéra National de Bordeaux, and his first appearances at the Dallas Opera and Fort Worth Opera, as Rodolfo in La bohème. Noteworthy subsequent debuts have included the Salzburg Festival as Cassio in Otello, Covent Garden as Carlo in Linda di Chamounix, Lyric Opera of Chicago as Camille, the Glyndebourne Festival as Nemorino, and the Vienna Staatsoper and Berlin Staatsoper, both as Rodolfo. His performance as Cassio in Verdi’s Otello, under Riccardo Muti’s leadership at the Salzburg Festival, was released on DVD in 2010 (Major/Naxos), and his Covent Garden debut in Linda di Chamounix was issued on CD a year later (Opera Rara). His appearance in San Francisco Opera’s Moby-Dick, televised nationwide on PBS’s Great Performances, was released on DVD in 2013 (SFO) and named an “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone. Similarly, his appearance alongside Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, and other operatic luminaries in 2013’s Richard Tucker Gala, which celebrated the legendary tenor’s centennial, was broadcast on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center and subsequently issued on DVD. The same year saw the release of here/after: songs of lost voices (PentaTone), featuring the tenor’s world premiere recording of Jake Heggie’s Friendly Persuasions: Homage to Poulenc. A winner of the 2009 Richard Tucker Award, Stephen Costello has previously received other grants from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, as well as taking First Prize in the 2006 George London Foundation Awards Competition, First Prize and Audience Prize in the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, and First Prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition. A native of Philadelphia, he is a graduate of the city’s famed Academy of Vocal Arts.
Stephen Powell — Baritone
American baritone Stephen Powell made his Company debut as Ping in Turandot in 1997 and was heard that same year as Felipe Núñez in the world premiere of The Conquistador and as Dancaire in Carmen. He returned as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Slim in Of Mice and Men, Clayton McAllister in Cold Sassy Tree, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Tonio in Pagliacci, a soloist in the Company’s 50th Anniversary Concert in 2015, Giorgio Germont in La traviata and earlier this season as the lead in Rigoletto. Recent engagements include the title role of Falstaff with Virginia Opera, Giorgio Germont with Seattle Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, and Minneapolis Opera, the title role in Rigoletto with Lyric Opera Baltimore and Cincinnati Opera, Oliver Jordan in the World Premiere of Dinner at Eight for Minnesota Opera, Jochanaan in Salome for Minnesota Orchestra, the Count in The Marriage of Figaro for Michigan Opera Theatre, Rodrigo in Don Carlos with the Caramoor Festival and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with The Atlanta Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Other recent highlights include the title role of Simon Boccanegra with Warsaw’s Ludwig van Beethoven Association, Carmina Burana with the Cleveland Orchestra, Peer Gynt with Leipzig’s MDR Sinfonieorchester, Mozart’s Requiem for St. Louis Symphony, and Iago in Otello with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He has been heard at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, L’Opéra de Montréal, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Florida Grand Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Cleveland, Florentine Opera, Arizona Opera, Kentucky Opera, and Portland Opera. An active concert recitalist he has been heard with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit, Nashville, Philadelphia, Dallas, Ottawa, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Rochester, Phoenix, Brooklyn, Rochester, North Carolina, Montréal, Zurich, as well as with the Handel and Haydn Society, among others.
Bruce Stasyna — Conductor
Conductor Bruce Stasyna made his Company conducting debut last season with As One and also conducted Maria de Buenos Aires in 2018. He has been on the conducting rosters of the New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Sugar Creek Opera, and has held positions as Chorus Master for New York City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and Des Moines Opera. He was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for the Green Mountain Opera Festival, and Head of Music and Director of the Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera. He has collaborated on many notable North American premieres including Anna Nicole, The Handmaid’s Tale, Orazi e Curiazi, and Joseph Merrick dit Elephant Man. As a pianist he has concertized with such artists as Marcello Giordani, Deborah Voigt, J’nai Bridges, Irene Roberts, Marina Costa-Jackson, and Richard Troxell. The Canadian born conductor is currently the Chorus Master and Music Administrator for San Diego Opera, Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor for Washington Concert Opera, and Music Director of Vero Beach Opera.