Ailyn Pérez & Stephen Costello Release “Love Duets”
After debuting at number three on the UK Classical Chart last month, Love Duets is due for U.S. digital release today (Tuesday, June 3), with the CD release to follow on June 10. A first recording together for Richard Tucker Award-winners Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez - "America's fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars" (Associated Press) - the new Warner Classics album has already taken London by storm, being named "Album of the Week" by the Mail on Sunday, Classic FM, and the Sunday Times, which proclaimed it "a disc that should win these hugely likeable young stars a lot of new friends." The international release coincided with Pérez and Costello's first scheduled appearances headlining La traviata together at London's Royal Opera House, where, as What's On Stage noted, "it should come as no surprise that their onstage chemistry [was] electric." They appeared on BBC Breakfast television, were interviewed by BBC Radio 4's Front Row, and gave a live studio performance on BBC Radio 3's In Tune, which coined for them a new "Brangelina"-style portmanteau name - "Pérello" - and pronounced them "opera's most in-demand couple." As The Times of London observed, the two are fast proving themselves "the Jay-Z and Beyoncé" of opera.
Recorded with Patrick Summers and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Love Duets comprises favorite romantic duets by composers ranging from Puccini to Bernstein, with selections from L'elisir d'amore, La traviata, Rigoletto, Faust, Manon, La bohème, L'amico Fritz, and Broadway's Carousel, Guys and Dolls, Kismet, and West Side Story, from which iTunes includes the couple's rendition of "Tonight," the balcony scene, as a bonus (see full track listing below).