Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 18
Ailyn Pérez & Stephen Costello
Recital with piano featuring soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello. Dubbed “America’s fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars” by the Associated Press, you know them better from their San Diego Opera appearances in Romeo and Juliet, Faust, The Daughter of the Regiment and Moby-Dick.
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.”
Tickets start at $20. (619) 533-7000.
- "Early start for San Diego Opera" (August 31, 2014)