It appears that tenor Stephen Costello, whom some of you guessed was a subject of a recent blind item, is not so centrally involved in the controversy as was imagined.
In a statement sent to La Cieca, Metropolitan Opera Press Director Peter Clark declares, “Lord Percy’s Tower of London scene in Act II of Anna Bolena has been cut from this production for purely dramaturgical reasons. Stephen Costello was ready and willing to sing it.”
And now that’s all cleared up, there’s room for another mystery, and—what do you know, it’s another tenor aria landing on the cutting room floor!
(Photo: Adam Leigh-Manuell)