This January, superstar countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo joins us live from the US to discuss how he bridges the gap between singing in the world’s most storied opera houses and creating innovative projects which engage new audiences and help move a traditional art form (opera) into uncharted territory.

In this free online lecture, Costanzo will discuss how he built his portrayal of the revolutionary Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV) in the 2019 revival of Philip Glass’s groundbreaking opera Akhnaten, and how the production became a sell-out success for the Metropolitan Opera. He will also detail the creation of his multimedia performance Glass Handel, recounting collaborations with luminaries from the worlds of dance, film, fashion and art. He will end the lecture by describing how he created the New York Philharmonic Bandwagon in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic in New York, and saw first-hand the power of music to heal and connect with people across different communities.

(with English-Cantonese simultaneous interpretation)

6 January 2021 (Wednesday)

The lecture will be conducted through Zoom. Registered participants will receive a streaming link for the session with their confirmation email.

Anthony Roth Costanzo

Free. Please register online in advance.

Please contact Ms Chan at (852) 2200 0831 during office hours or email

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be rescheduled or cancelled.

About the Speaker:

Anthony Roth Costanzo

Anthony Roth CostanzoPhoto credit: Matthew Placek

GRAMMY-nominated countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo has appeared in opera, concert, recital and film, and also on Broadway. He has sung at leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, LA Opera, English National Opera and the Teatro Real in Madrid. In concert he has sung with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at a wide-ranging variety of venues including Carnegie Hall, Versailles, The Kennedy Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, Joe’s Pub, The Guggenheim, The Park Avenue Armory, and Madison Square Garden. He has also begun working as a producer and curator, creating projects for the New York Philharmonic, National Sawdust, Opera Philadelphia, the Philharmonia Baroque, Princeton University, WQXR, The State Theater in Salzburg, and Kabuki-Za Tokyo. Costanzo graduated from Princeton University and received his masters from Manhattan School of Music.

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