Opera's love couple, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, on the rocks
Soap opera and real opera often collide.
Once dubbed opera's "love couple" and famously married on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in 1996 (with then-mayor Rudy Giuliani officiating), had a great run together early on, delighting audiences when they performed in operas together. They also developed a reputation for being extremely difficult offstage, with many an unflattering story about making demands of one kind or another.
Still, when they were in the mood, and in peak voice, they could deliver the goods very impressively. Too bad their marriage is on the rocks.
This week, things heated up between the singers. The tenor told an interviewer that his wife wouldn't hear of divorce. She fired back on her Web site: “Angela Gheorghiu wishes to emphasize that she has been separated from Roberto Alagna for the last two years. Her attempts to save the marriage in this period failed. Having initiated divorce proceedings months ago, she awaits the finalisation of their divorce as soon as possible. Ms. Gheorghiu understands that Mr. Alagna is bitter about this situation. As for her part, contrary to his declarations, she would like to live her life now with peace and tranquillity.” Alas.
To recall the "love couple" in happier times, here they are in the balcony scene from Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette":