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Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna perform together in La bohème tonight

Opera's golden couple celebrate 20th anniversary of their first meeting.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

18 June 2012 at 5.28pm | 15 Comments

Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna mark the 20th anniversary of their meeting by singing together in John Copley’s production of La bohème this evening.

The couple first met at the Royal Opera House in 1992 when performing in the same production. Four years later they married in a ceremony on the main stage of the Metropolitan Opera. The couple celebrated 20 years since their meeting with a special cake sent in by a fan which they shared during Friday’s rehearsal.

Angela, who made her international debut in the 1992 performance of La bohème, shot to fame in 1994 following her electrifying performance as Violetta in Richard Eyre’s production of La Traviata, the same production in which she sang alongside Roberto for the second time with The Royal Opera in 1996. This season, Angela's performances in Faust, Adriana Lecouvreur and Tosca were broadcast across the world as part of the Royal Opera House cinema season. Next season, the Romanian soprano will perform the role of Magda de Civry in Nicholas Joël’s production of La rondine.

Roberto’s career also took off at the same time, following his acclaimed performance as Roméo in Nicolas Joël’s production of Roméo et Juliette in 1994. Next season, the French-Italian tenor will sing the role of Nemorino in Laurent Pelly’s production of L'elisir d'amore.

Watch ITV's news report about Angela and Roberto's on stage reunion

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

18 June 2012 at 5.28pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged

This article has 15 comments

  1. liliane Carabin responded on 19 June 2012 at 3:49pm Reply

    Je voudrait ètre une petite souris et vous suivre,merci pour le grand bonheur que vous partager.

    big bisous de la Costa del sol


  2. Kenneth Conway responded on 19 June 2012 at 4:11pm Reply

    Congratulations to the happy and oh-so-gifted couple!

    With great originality, I will say, "Wish I were there!"

  3. Chris responded on 19 June 2012 at 6:11pm Reply

    Congratulations Angela & Roberto!
    You are so talented and beautiful!

  4. dorina responded on 19 June 2012 at 10:52pm Reply

    well done you both are talented and so beautiful!
    Felicitarile mele si mult succes in continuare aici la Londra.

  5. What a fantastic performance from begining to end I loved every second and did not want it to end....

  6. Peter responded on 20 June 2012 at 9:40am Reply

    A great evening, thoroughly enjoyable.

    Totally loved the curtain debacle. You should do all set changes with the curtains up from now on, that made the evening really special!

  7. Peter responded on 20 June 2012 at 9:43am Reply

    In addition to the comments above, it was super to see such a great production still going strong after all these years.

    The full frontal set changes with the curtain up was an extra bonus.

  8. Sandie responded on 20 June 2012 at 11:46am Reply

    My first visit to the ROH since I was about 13....many, many years, in case you want to know! I was speechless, it was a stunning production, in fabulous surroundings. Loved the fact that we could see some of the scene changes too!

  9. brian webb responded on 20 June 2012 at 12:53pm Reply

    How romantic in every sense

  10. Debbie responded on 20 June 2012 at 1:49pm Reply

    Loved every second of the production, the chemistry between Roberto and Angela electrifying. Can we have more operas with these two in please??

  11. John responded on 20 June 2012 at 2:10pm Reply

    Yes I agree - it's been years since they appeared together in London and it would be so wonderful to see them in other operas. Manon Lescaut, Otello, L'amico Fritz soon please!!!

  12. Chris responded on 20 June 2012 at 5:15pm Reply

    Superb in every sense!@John-I love to see them in Manon Lescaut and L'amico Fritz.Please!!!!!!!

  13. Daniela responded on 20 June 2012 at 5:29pm Reply

    Congratulations, Angela and Roberto! I look forward to Saturday's performance!

  14. John responded on 21 June 2012 at 5:31pm Reply

    Or what about Louise? It would be such a perfect role for Gheorghiu and hasn't been done in donkey's years!

  15. Debbie responded on 25 June 2012 at 4:49pm Reply

    Once again fantastic performance on Saturday, felt that I was witnessing a part of opera history. Thank you ROH.

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