American tenor Stephen Costello has spoken out for the first time about the circumstances of his marriage split with soprano Ailyn Perez. It got so bad he quit midway through a duet, he tells Slipped Disc contributor Shawn Milnes in an exclusive interview:
Costello walked out of the concert after the first few bars of the opening duet with Perez and she was forced to finish the concert solo.
“I had reflux that was so bad my throat was fried. I came on. I was singing halfway through my duet and I couldn’t do it. I think I even said the words, ‘OK, I’m done.’ And I walked offstage.
“The stress was just too much of me being out there trying to pretend everything is fine. How can you sing songs and pretend that you’re in love with someone knowing that you’re divorcing them at that point? I ended up sitting on the steps of the Kennedy Center and I couldn’t leave.”
Read the full interview here on Daily Beast.