Tears at the Met: Opera’s lovebirds are getting divorced

Tears at the Met: Opera’s lovebirds are getting divorced


norman lebrecht

February 25, 2015

Barely had they broken on Women’s Wear Daily as the new power couple of the opera stage than soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello are getting divorced (our social affairs correspondent reports).


Rumours had been floating for a while. Pérez is currently singing Micaela in the Met’s Carmen. On February 9, she told Latin Post: ‘I’m about to start a new page. A different life but I don’t know what it looks like. This one has been intense, I don’t know how I am going to lighten it up but maybe I’ll hang out with friends more, meeting new people, getting a hobby.’

The following day Costello announced on his web page: It is with great sadness that I share the news that my wife Ailyn Pérez and I have separated, with the intention of divorcing.  I am very grateful for all of the love we’ve received over the years from our friends, family, colleagues and fans, and hope you will continue to show your support for us by respecting our privacy at this difficult time.’

Their debut album, Love Duets, was released ten months ago. Sad.


  • Phil McKenzie says:

    ABC has yet to announce the next Bachelorette. Ms. Perez would be perfect.

  • Lloyd Thoms, US says:

    Sad, but c’est la vie aujourd’hui!

  • Lloyd Thoms, US says:


  • José Bergher says:

    This is unbelievably atrocious and utterly devastating!!!

  • Milka says:

    I repeat , the air head has gone public then asks us to respect their privacy.

    • MWnyc says:

      No, Ailyn went public in an interview, or at least dropped a big enough hint that Stephen started getting flooded with questions. (And, since they’re separated and she didn’t mention him by name in the interview, she most likely didn’t mention the article to him ahead of time – which would mean he hadn’t been expecting the questions to come flooding in.)

      So Stephen made the statement on Facebook and asked for privacy so that acquaintances and fans would stop flooding him with questions about a painful subject.

      Is that so difficult to understand?

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  • Papageno says:

    A huge shame.

  • jeanne says:

    Mr Costello is handling himself with incredible class and restraint if reports of the reason behind the breakup are true..[redacted]

  • Pam Grayson says:

    What a sad thing! (Obviously I am.WAY behind the times with this, but I love both of these people so much… ?)