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How opera singer and die-hard New Yorker Anthony Roth Costanzo came to love Philly's big-time arts and small-scale streets / DEPARTURES

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Anthony Roth Costanzo sang his first opera at the age of 13. Since then, the award-winning countertenor has performed in opera houses around the world. He has also brought his angelic voice to a number unorthodox venues, from Joe's Pub and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to Madison Square Garden, reflecting his commitment to bringing opera to new and diverse audiences.

At Philadelphia's Barnes Foundation this fall, he'll open Glass Handel, a multimedia opera production co-produced with Visionaire, with costumes by Raf Simons, choreography by Justin Peck, and a live painting performance by George Condo. It coincides with the release on Decca Gold of ARC, his album of arias by Philip Glass and George Frideric Handel, which features music videos by some of today's leading contemporary artists, including Mickalene Thomas and Maurizio Cattelan. He shared with Departures some of his favorite Philadelphia spots, old and new, where he has been performing for more than twenty years.
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