Bio: “On stage or screen, his work is distinguished by its bold visual impact, its radical re-envisioning of established classics and its emotional energy.”
- Kate Holden writing for The Saturday Paper’s ‘The Influence’ (July 2021)
Constantine Costi is a director, writer, co-artistic director of Red Line Productions at the Old Fitz.
He was named one of the country’s 21 hottest creatives of 2021 by The Australian.
This year sees Constantine directing La Traviata on Sydney Harbour for Opera Australia, Verdi’s Requiem for Ensemble Apex and Phoenix Central Park, and a Kurt Weill Double Bill for The Old Fitz Theatre; Mahagonny Songspiel and The Seven Deadly Sins.
In 2020 he directed the feature film A Delicate Fire for Pinchgut Opera based on the madrigals of Barbara Strozzi, wrote the libretto of a new Australian opera Cassandra for Victorian Opera by composer Simon Bruckard, directed Monochromatic; a series of piano portraits for Phoenix Central Park, and directed an online Don Giovanni for the Shanghai Opera with Maestro Xu Zhong.
For the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Constantine directed Karakorum starring David Wenham, the award-winning production of Bittersweet Obsessions, and Messiah which played to standing ovations and sell-out seasons in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
For Opera Australia, Constantine was co-director of Werther with director Elijah Moshinsky; is revival director of Il Viaggio a Reims directed by Damiano Michieletto in a co-production of the Dutch National Opera, Opera Australia, and Royal Danish Opera; and was assistant director of Wozzeck directed by William Kentridge in a co-production between Salzburg Festival, Opera Australia, Canadian Opera Company, and the Metropolitan Opera. He was assistant director on the world premiere of Elliot Gyger’s Oscar and Lucinda directed by Patrick Nolan for Sydney Chamber Opera.
In 2018, Constantine directed and co-created (with siblings Michael and Rose-Marie Costi) the world premiere of jazz musical The Overcoat for Belvoir’s 25A. 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 revival director for Opera Australia’s production of La Traviata starring Nicole Car in her international debut as Violetta for which she won a Helpmann Award for her performance.
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). Constantine was a member of the Belvoir Artists’ Workshop and was affiliate director with Griffin Theatre.
Constantine’s assistant directing work includes: for Vienna State Opera with Sir David McVicar, 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 the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Directing and holds a Bachelor of Communications (Media Arts and Production) from the University of Technology, Sydney.