Opera star sells her first West Village home


When Anthony Roth Costanzo was starting to make a name for himself as an opera singer, he was also advising his parents on real estate in Manhattan.

“I’ve always been drawn to New York,” said Mr. Costanzo, who grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and was performing on Broadway when he was 11. “When I was 15, I convinced my parents that they should buy an apartment.”

He helped them find a studio apartment on the Upper West Side, then a loft in the East Village, and eventually they retired to a one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side, all from an investment of $90,000. “While I was going back and swapping apartments, I was saving every penny I made in college and college so I could buy my own house,” said Mr. Costanzo, who is currently reprising his role at the Metropolitan Opera in as an Egyptian pharaoh. at Philip Glass Akhenaten.

In 2013, with a down payment of $215,000 from singing competitions and various performances, he bought his first home, a one-bedroom unit at 92 Horatio Street, a boutique co-op building in the West Village, paying $630,000. It has since made several updates and renovations.

The apartment holds many memories for Mr. Costanzo, 40, a Countertenor and impresario who has conducted shows in opera companies around the world. This is where he had fun, practiced his arias and even performed. But the rollover bug has resurfaced, he said, and he’s ready for something roomier. His cooperative is now on the market for $965,000. Monthly maintenance is $1,293 (plus a monthly assessment of $147 for capital improvements through the end of next year).

“I just want a place where I could have the whole cast for dinner,” said Mr. Costanzo, who in addition to singing and acting has added a creative producer to his extensive repertoire. He says he also wants enough space, preferably somewhere else downtown, to hold a harpsichord, a gift from his first music teacher.

The co-op apartment covers approximately 650 square feet and offers a glimpse of the Hudson River and part of the High Line. It features nine-foot ceilings, original hardwood moldings and floors, reclaimed wood doors, and a working wood-burning fireplace.

“It has a Parisian-like feel to it,” said David A. Palmieri, a Corcoran Group agent who lists the property with colleague Nathaniel Faust.

The house is entered through a small hall which leads to an open plan kitchen and living room. The kitchen is framed by a cornice and features stainless steel appliances, original wood cabinetry, copper countertop, Delft tiles and a fold-down butcher block that Mr. Costanzo had converted from an integrated ironing board.

The living room, anchored by the fireplace with a carved wood mantel, has oversized windows, built-in shelving, a decorative ceiling medallion and a window blind that doubles as a projection screen. There are more shelves in the bedroom, as well as two closets.

The newly remodeled bathroom is outfitted with a Carrara marble countertop, brass hardware and a copper vessel sink. It retained the original built-in basket and added laundry storage.

“I tried to keep those original details, but also updated,” he said.

The five-story red-brick cooperative building, built in 1920 between Washington and Greenwich streets and near the Whitney Museum of American Art, contains 76 units. It recently underwent renovations updating the lobby, hallways and laundry room.

Mr Costanzo fondly recalls the many dinner parties he hosted at the apartment – he kept a guestbook of attendees, most from the opera world, and usually served five plated courses . His dessert specialty: croquembouche.

And then, of course, there are the neighbors, who he says he will also miss. Some of them are known to congregate outside his apartment while he played his grandmother’s 19th century Mason & Hamlin on his feet or warmed up in the morning before cycling to the Metropolitan Opera , about five kilometers away. This year, he and several others at the Metropolitan Opera won a Grammy for Best Opera Recording for “Glass: Akhnaton.”

“They sometimes brought me orchids,” Mr Costanzo said of the neighbors. “They seemed to enjoy it.”

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