Tenor Stephen Costello Makes Glyndebourne Festival Debut as Nemorino in Donizetti’s Elisir d’Amore on June 9

On June 9, Stephen Costello makes his Glyndebourne Festival debut, performing the role of the peasant Nemorino in Donizetti’s popular bel canto comedy L’elisir d’amore (16 performances through August 4). The production, directed by Annabel Arden, features soprano Danielle de Niese as Adina, the object of the besotted Nemorino’s affections. Costello has sung the role in three previous productions, and undertakes it again this fall when he returns to the Vienna State Opera (Nov 8-18) for a second consecutive season. Costello will begin the new season in New York City, however, when he reprises the role of Lord Percy in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, opening the Metropolitan Opera’s 2011-12 season on September 26 in a new production featuring Anna Netrebko in the title role.

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