If you caught Baltimore Opera's production of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette last year, you will not have forgotten the lead tenor. Stephen Costello's performance as Romeo proved notable for its combination of power and sensitivity, technical polish and refined musicality. He sounded every bit a budding star.
Costello has received the 2009 Richard Tucker Award, one of the most important honors available to American singers (it comes with a $30,000 check). He joins a distinguished list of recipients over the past three decades, among them Renee Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Diana Soviero, Richard Leech, David Daniels, Patricia Racette, Stephanie Blythe and Lawrence Brownlee.
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