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Anthony Roth Costanzo + Les Violons du Roy

  • October 12, 2018
  • Baldwin Auditorium
  • 1336 Campus Dr, Durham, NC 27705
  • 8pm
  • $25, $10 Duke Students
  • (919) 660-3356

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The New York Times recently made the astonishing assertion that countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo “exists to transform opera.” In a few short years, Costanzo — born in Durham to two Duke professors — has become one of the world’s most fascinating singers, set apart by his agile yet powerful voice, his musical and dramatic mastery, and his unusual dual interest in baroque and new music. Costanzo launched his career with a 2012 Operalia Competition win, singing Handel, and he drew rave reviews for his 2016 Los Angeles Opera performance of the title role in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten. On his widely anticipated debut album, due from Decca Gold in late 2018, Costanzo sings incandescent interpretations of Handel and Philip Glass, two composers for whom he has a thrilling affinity. In Durham, on a very limited tour to support his debut, Costanzo and acclaimed chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy deliver a daring and revelatory concert of Handel and Glass masterpieces. Thirty musicians will play alongside Costanzo on the Baldwin Auditorium stage, including strings, horns, harpsichord, and lute. The program opens with four Handel opera arias that allow Costanzo broad emotional latitude, as well as the Concerto Grosso in D Minor, then turns to Akhnaten’s “Hymn,” an ode to religious wonder. Les Violons du Roy transform Glass’ synthesizers into strings for a pulsing passage from 1,000 Airplanes on the Roof, and Costanzo channels three voices into one in the sublime “Liquid Days (Part I).” Costanzo’s thoughtful programming and interpretive skill make this a deeply compelling evening, illuminating the aesthetic companionship of baroque and contemporary music. PROGRAM Handel: “Inumano fratel … Stille amare,” from Tolomeo, HWV 25 Handel: “Rompo i lacci,” from Flavio, Re de’ Langobardi, HWV 16 Handel: Concerto Grosso in D Minor, op. 6, no. 10, HWV 328 Handel: “Pena tiranna,” from Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11 Handel: “Vivi tiranno,” from Regina de’ Langobardi, HWV 19 Philip Glass: “Hymn,” from Akhnaten Philip Glass: “The Encounter,” from 1,000 Airplanes on the Roof Philip Glass: “In the Arc of Your Mallet,” from Monsters of Grace Philip Glass: “Liquid Days, Part 1,” from Songs From Liquid Days Philip Glass: “How All Living Things Breathe,” from Fall of the House of Usher

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