This weekend the most romantic married couple in opera, Ailyn Pèrez (soprano) and Stephen Costello (tenor) will sing a program of—what else—love duets at the Eisemann Center.
“Sunday’s recital at the Eisemann Center in Richardson will mark TDO’s first major performance for our neighbors to the north,” says Dallas Opera’s CEO Keith Cerny. “Great relationships aren’t made by insisting that everyone always comes to the Winspear Opera House—relationships are fostered and encouraged by showing a willingness to reciprocate; to bring what we do to the communities and neighborhoods we want to engage.”
The program is made up of selections that are on their newly released CD and run the gamut from Broadway to opera—both comic and tragic. There will be duets from Broadway’s Carousel and West Side Story. Opera selections come from La bohème, La Traviata and The Elixir of Love, among other favorites from those genres.
“You can expect a truly moving and unforgettable afternoon,” says Cerny.
Costello got his start here in North Texas and sang the leading role of the Greenhorn in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scherer’s Moby-Dick. The pair have remarkably compatible voices and their off-stage romance adds electricity to their on stage performances. The result is that they are in great demand and sing romantic leading roles with opera companies around the world.
“We are thrilled to present two phenomenally talented and attractive artists who are earning unqualified rave reviews,” says Cerny. “While both singers have graced our stage in critically acclaimed performances, and in productions ranging from Don Giovanni to the world premiere of Moby-Dick, they have never had the opportunity to perform here together.”