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Anthony Roth Costanzo is breaking down opera's stodgy stereotype / npr: all things considered

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Despite being one of the first and oldest forms of popular music, opera sometimes struggles to connect with 21st century audiences. However, Anthony Roth Costanzo is breaking down the genre's stodgy stereotype and making opera more accessible - taking his distinctive sound to the masses, from a sixth-grade classroom in the Bronx to NPR's own Tiny Desk. "I'm trying to turn that around, transform it and say, listen, this is something that can connect to all different kinds of people," Costanzo tells All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro. "I feel like the emotional sweep of opera is what we need to give us some perspective on our lives, on this time we're living in, on all of that. We need that kind of catharsis."

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