The counter-tenor who beat cancer

Anthony Roth Costanzo talks to Living the Classical Life about his cancer diagnosis at the age of 26, about spending time naked on stage and being gay in the opera profession.

An exuberantly self-revealing interview.


Photo: Richard Hubert Smith/English National Opera


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  • Anthony hosted the Met HD transmission of Luisa Miller this afternoon. I’m not sure anyone in the theatre knew who he was. My first thought was that he might be a counter-tenor. When I got home, I Googled him. I was pleasantly astounded the more I read about his career and all the accolades he’s received. What a terrific interview, what an insight into the life of a young opera singer. Thanks you very much.

  • So glad someone else noticed. We have suffered through some not very good hosts on the MET HD over the years, with bigger names, too.
    For me, Anthony can host every time. His love of music, his enthusiasm and his innate kindness plus the ability to turn something often awkward into a genuine exchange is a gift. Thank you whoever decided to give him a chance.

    He is an amazing person.

    • He was one of the most intelligent and informed hosts/interviewers that have hosted the Met broadcasts. His smarts and knowledge were impossible to miss. He was great.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed his interview technique. I agree – He can host The Met in HD every time. What a smile – great teeth, too! I am a new fan!

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