Stephen Costello and Pretty Yende To Serenade Audiences On Valentines Day

By Francisco Salazar

As opera lovers prepare for a new cast in Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” Stephen Costello and Pretty Yende will preview arias and duets on Valentine’s Day.

The two singers will participate in WQXR’S Classical Beer Jam at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in downtown Manhattan, marking their first public appearance together. The event will take place on Feb. 14 and for opera lovers not present in the New York, the event will be live-streamed on Facebook and

Costello is currently in rehearsals preparing The Duke in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” and he will sing alongside Olga Peretyatko and Zeljko Lucic. The tenor will then switch gears for Romeo, a role for which he has garnered acclaim. In May the tenor will will sing the role of Alfredo in Moscow at the Bolshoi Opera.

Yende is currently performing the role of Rosina in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.” The soprano has garnered raves and OperaWire stated that “Pretty Yende was the standout without any doubt.” The soprano recently released her first album for Sony Classical and also appeared on the Stephen Colbert show.

Costello and Yende begin performances of Gounod’s “Romeo Et Juliette” on March 3.