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Love Duets / Stephen Costello, Ailyn Perez


Release Date: 06/10/2014 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 633485   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles GounodGiuseppe VerdiGiacomo PucciniLeonard Bernstein,   ... 
Performer:  Stephen CostelloAilyn Pérez
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“Pérez and Costello possess full-bodied voices and enjoy letting them bloom with Italianate leisure.” -- Los Angeles Times

Richard Tucker Award-winners Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez – dubbed “America’s fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars” (Associated Press) – look forward to releasing their first album together: a recording of romantic love duets by Verdi, Puccini, Bernstein, and others, recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Patrick Summers’s leadership in London. The album is slated for release in May 2014, and it will be the couple’s first release as exclusive recording artists for Warner Classics.

Pérez explains: “Given our great love for our art and each other, I’m
Read more really looking forward to joining our voices in some of my favourite roles and operatic duets.”

Costello adds: “To be on a label for which so many incredible artists have recorded is a huge honour. I am also honoured to share this album with two great artists – my wife, Ailyn Pérez, and Maestro Patrick Summers. I am truly humbled!”

Described by Vanity Fair as “a match made in verismo heaven,” theirs is a love story that is the stuff of opera itself. The young American soprano and tenor met at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, where an onstage romance in Puccini’s most beloved opera kindled the flames of a real-life passion. This season, Pérez and Costello appear in performance together across the globe, headlining in La traviata in London, Berlin, Hamburg, and San Francisco, and giving concerts in New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

They are the only married couple to boast having two prestigious Richard Tucker Awards on the mantelpiece: Costello took home the “Heisman Trophy of opera” in 2009 and Pérez won in 2012, becoming the first Hispanic singer to do so in the award’s history. When they performed together at the 2012 Richard Tucker Gala, which was broadcast nationally in the U.S. and is still available for on-demand streaming, the New York Times’s Anthony Tommasini admired their “palpable chemistry.”
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Works on This Recording

1.
Faust: Il se fait tard by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Stephen Costello (Tenor), Ailyn Pérez (), Stephen Costello (),
Ailyn Pérez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Venue:  Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2.
La traviata: Un dì, felice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Stephen Costello (Tenor), Ailyn Pérez (), Stephen Costello (),
Ailyn Pérez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Venue:  Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Stephen Costello (Tenor), Ailyn Pérez (), Stephen Costello (),
Ailyn Pérez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Venue:  Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4.
West Side Story: One hand, one heart by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Stephen Costello (Tenor), Ailyn Pérez (), Stephen Costello (),
Ailyn Pérez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Venue:  Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
Carousel: If I loved you by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Stephen Costello (Tenor), Ailyn Pérez (), Stephen Costello (),
Ailyn Pérez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Venue:  Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
I'll Know, song (for the musical Guys and Dolls) by Frank Loesser
Performer:  Stephen Costello (Tenor), Ailyn Pérez (), Stephen Costello (),
Ailyn Pérez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
7.
And This Is My Beloved, song (for the musical "Kismet") by George Forrest
Performer:  Stephen Costello (Tenor), Ailyn Pérez (), Stephen Costello (),
Ailyn Pérez (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
8.
Manon: Toi! Vous!... N'est-ce plus ma main by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Stephen Costello (), Ailyn Pérez ()
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1882-1883; France 
Venue:  Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
9.
L'Amico Fritz: Suzel, buon dì "Cherry Duet" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Ailyn Pérez (), Stephen Costello ()
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Italy 
Venue:  Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 
10.
Rigoletto: Signor né principe -- E il sol... dell'anima. Addio! speranza by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ailyn Pérez (), Stephen Costello ()
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Venue:  Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 
11.
L'elisir d'amore: Caro elisir!... Esulti pur la barbara by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Ailyn Pérez (), Stephen Costello ()
Conductor:  Patrick Summers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Venue:  Studio 1, BBC, Maida Vale, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 51 Secs. 

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