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Love Duets: From Puccini to Bernstein / Ailyn Pérez, soprano; Stephen Costello, tenor

Audio Samples

>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>     Toi! Vous! ... N'est-ce plus ma main
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'amico Fritz
>     Suzel, buon dì ("Cherry Duet")
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>     Signor ne prinicipe ... E il sol ... Addio speranza
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>     Caro Elisir ... Esulti pur la Barbara
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>     Il se fait tard
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     Un dì felice
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     O soave fanciulla
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Rodgers, Richard : If I Loved You, song (from "Carousel")
>Loesser, Frank Henry : I'll Know, song (for the musical Guys and Dolls)
>George Forrest / Robert W : And This Is My Beloved, song (for the musical "Kismet")

Album Summary

>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'amico Fritz
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Rodgers, Richard : If I Loved You, song (from "Carousel")
>Loesser, Frank Henry : I'll Know, song (for the musical Guys and Dolls)
>George Forrest / Robert W : And This Is My Beloved, song (for the musical "Kismet")
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Dubbed "America's fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars" (AP) and praised for their "palpable chemistry" (New York Times), Ailyn Pérez (soprano) and Stephen Costello (tenor) have risen to become opera's new star couple. They both have been honored as winner of the prestigious Richard Tucker Award (Pérez 2012, Costello 2009) and now team up for their debut album on Warner Classics - a selection of love duets from opera and musical theater. ... a match made in verismo heaven." - Vanity Fair

Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 5th May 2014
Both have full-bodied lyric voices with plenty of 'ping', flexibility and height...they sing [the Broadway selections] with such charm and affection that the switch between genres feels entirely natural...This is a delightful calling-card from two exuberant and charismatic singers who are well worth further exploration.

The Guardian, 11th May 2014
They are both gifted singers enjoying fast-rising careers but with no obvious sign of monster egos...PTrez and Costello charm...the BBC Symphony Orchestra - an intriguing choice - show their versatility throughout.

Sunday Times, 4th May 2014
[Un di felice] - showcases Costello's bright, Italianate lyric tenor and stylish elegance of phrasing, well matched by Perez's flirty Violetta...Unlike most opera singers, Perez and Costello prove just as idiomatic in a selection of duets from Broadway musicals... a disc that should win these hugely likeable young stars a lot of new friends.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London (12/09/2013-12/11/2013).



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Works Details

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Toi! Vous! ... N'est-ce plus ma main
  • Performers: Stephen Costello; Ailyn Perez
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London (12/09/2013-12/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Mascagni, Pietro : L'amico Fritz :: Suzel, buon dì ("Cherry Duet")
  • Performers: Stephen Costello; Ailyn Perez
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London (12/09/2013-12/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Signor ne prinicipe ... E il sol ... Addio speranza
  • Performers: Stephen Costello; Ailyn Perez
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London (12/09/2013-12/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera :: Caro Elisir ... Esulti pur la Barbara
  • Performers: Stephen Costello; Ailyn Perez
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London (12/09/2013-12/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Il se fait tard
  • Performers: Stephen Costello; Ailyn Perez
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London (12/09/2013-12/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Un dì felice
  • Performers: Stephen Costello; Ailyn Perez
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London (12/09/2013-12/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: O soave fanciulla
  • Performers: Stephen Costello; Ailyn Perez
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London (12/09/2013-12/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
  • Performers: Stephen Costello; Ailyn Perez
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London (12/09/2013-12/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : If I Loved You, song (from "Carousel")
  • Performers: Stephen Costello; Ailyn Perez
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London (12/09/2013-12/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Loesser, Frank Henry : I'll Know, song (for the musical Guys and Dolls)
  • Performers: Stephen Costello; Ailyn Perez
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London (12/09/2013-12/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>George Forrest / Robert W : And This Is My Beloved, song (for the musical "Kismet")
  • Performers: Stephen Costello; Ailyn Perez
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Notes: Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London (12/09/2013-12/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern