Constantine Costi is an opera and theatre director.
Constantine was revival director for Sir David Mc Vicar’s Vienna State Opera production of FALSTAFF for the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing; and Opera Australia’s production of LA TRAVIATA starring Nicole Car in her international debut as Violetta for which she won a 2018 Helpmann Award for her performance.
Constantine directed KARAKORUM, BITTERSWEET OBSESSIONS, and MESSIAH for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra which played to standing ovations and sell-out seasons in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. He will direct the world premiere of the new musical THE OVERCOAT for Belvoir 25A in 2018.
Constantine won The Berlin New Music Opera Award with The Opera Foundation for Young Australians where he worked with Komische Oper Berlin’s directing team on the premiere of Tchaikovsky’s EUGENE ONEGIN directed by Barrie Kosky.
In 2017, Constantine directed Puccini’s SUOR ANGELICA for Opera Projects Sydney; co-wrote the immersive theatre experience VISITING HOURS for Sydney’s Vivid Festival (which had a sold-out return season in 2018); directed Puccini’s IL TABARRO at Alfie’s Sydney; and directed THE SPACE BETWEEN THE FUEL AND THE FIRE for NIDA. The same year, Constantine worked with director Chen Shi-Zheng as assistant director for Australian Opera’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production of Puccini’s TURANDOT.
Other directing credits include: THE HYPOCHONDRIAC, THE SHEWING-UP OF BLANCO POSNET (NIDA); YOUNG ARTISTS’ PROGRAM SHOWCASE (Opera Australia); Thomas Arne’s THE SAILOR’S RETURN (Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival); THE MASTER AND MARGARITA after Bulgakov (Aboriginal Centre of the Performing Arts); ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST by Dario Fo (Zenith Theatre); and THE CANTERBURY TALES by Chaucer (George Georgiou Inc).
For opera, Constantine’s assistant directing work includes: for Vienna State Opera with Sir David Mc Vicar, FALSTAFF; for Schauspielhaus Vienna with Barbara Weber, HUNDE GOTTES; for Opera Australia with Sir David Mc Vicar, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO; and for Opera Australia, LA TRAVIATA.
Constantine’s screen credits include: music videos, I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE HIDING (Hedge Fund) and INTO MY ARMS (Bloods) for Triple J Unearthed; and the short films FERGUSON AND DAISY AND URSULA and DONNY.
Constantine is a graduate of NIDA in Directing and holds a Bachelor of Communications (Media Arts and Production) from University of Technology, Sydney. He is currently a member of the Belvoir Artists’ Workshop and was affiliate director with Griffin Theatre.