Adam Wasserman

Contributor to Billboard.com

Anthony Roth Costanzo

How Anthony Roth Costanzo is Shaking Up Opera (With a Little Help From Tilda Swinton)

Opera is the original performance art — and 36-year-old singer Anthony Roth Costanzo is dragging the grand dame, kicking and screaming, into the twenty-first century. Costanzo is a countertenor, an operatic voice type that centers around a male singer’s uppermost range (think those notes Prince hits in “Kiss”) and a sound that’s both ecstatic and slightly alien.