Soprano Ailyn Perez Dazzles in An Impromptu Solo Recital at Washington National Opera

September 11, 2014 5:28 PM

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Soprano Ailyn Perez Dazzles in An Impromptu Solo Recital at Washington National Opera

The theatrical adage "The show must go on" worked well at the Kennedy Center last night after illness forced tenor Stephen Costello to quit the stage during his much-anticipated concert with soprano Ailyn Perez. As music fans know, the married Mr. Costello and Ms. Perez are opera's newest "power couple"--young, gifted, gorgeous, and in demand at houses all over the globe. They earned plaudits last March as Nemorino and Adina in WNO's Elixir of Love, and were supposed to open the company's fall season with an evening of duets (some of which they recorded for their new Love Duets cd on Warner Classics).

But Mr. Costello looked pale as he strolled on stage at the Terrace Theater and announced that he was "under the weather." He wanly said he hoped to offer an "interesting evening," though as the tenor began "Un di felice" from La Traviata his tone faltered and he made a hasty exit. Ailyn Perez, stun...

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