Anthony Roth Costanzo will be the New York Philharmonic’s artist-in-residence during the orchestra’s newly announced 2021–2022 season. His contributions will include the two-week exploration of identity, Authentic Selves: The Beauty Within, and the continuation of partnerships forged as part of the NY Phil Bandwagon.
As David Geffen Hall, the Philharmonic’s usual home at Lincoln Center, undergoes renovations (on a fast-tracked timeline due to the coronavirus shutdown), virtually all programming in the 2021–2022 season will play alternate venues throughout the city (a first in the company’s modern history).
“I look very different from the way I sound when I sing,” Costanzo says. “How do we hear gender in pitch? How does this perception relate to my own queer identity? What is natural and what is artificial? The countertenor voice hints at questions of self and belies a wide spectrum of historical and cultural contexts surrounding falsetto singing. Authentic Selves is an opportunity to explore what stories my voice can tell, and what truths it can reflect.”
Costanzo will also curate co-presentations with organizations that participated in the Philharmonic’s Bandwagon program, which converted a 20-foot shipping container into a pop-up stage across the city. Details of the presentations, which will feature National Black Theatre, El Puente, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, A Better Jamaica, and Flushing Town Hall, will be announced later.
For more information on the new season, visit NYPhil.org.