Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Barbican Hall
Silk Street


Jules MassenetToi! Vous!!...N'est-ce plus ma main from Manon
Wright & ForrestAnd this is my beloved from Kismet
Frank LoesserI'll know from Guys and Dolls
Rodgers & HammersteinCarousel: 'If I loved you'
Leonard BernsteinWest Side Story: 'One hand, one heart'
Giacomo PucciniLa Boheme: 'O soave fanciulla'
Giuseppe VerdiLa Traviata: 'Un di felice'
Charles GounodFaust: Il se fait tard
Giuseppe DonizettiCaro Elisir...Esulti pur la Barbara from L'Elisir d'amore
Giuseppe VerdiRigoletto: 'Signor ne prinicipe -E il sol...addio speranza'
Pietro MascagniCherry Duet from L'Amico Fritz


Ailyn Perez – Soprano
Stephen Costello – Tenor

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Programme Note

Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello, two young American singers – now dubbed 'America’s fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars' (Associated Press) – bring a spectcular chemistry to the stage.

The couple met at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, where an onstage romance in Puccini’s most beloved operaLa Boheme kindled the flames of a real-life passion. Perez’s sparkling, energetic and passionate persona and Costello’s romantic, charismatic and charming nature have made them both international opera stars in their own right, and this season they appear together across the globe. 

'In Ailyn Pérez’s Juliet and Stephen Costello’s Romeo we easily see the Bard’s impetuous, enraptured young lovers, but more importantly we hear a fullness and warmth in their voices that make Gounod’s opulent lines soar.' San Diego Arts 

Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello

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