If tenor Roberto Alagna and soprano Angela Gheorghiu make a potent marketing tool individually, together they are a marketer's dream team - the "love couple," as the Wall Street Journal has dubbed them. Of course, it isn't only the aggressive promotion of their press agents and their record company that has made the 35-year-old French- Sicilian tenor and 32-year-old Romanian soprano the hottest married couple in classical music. Both are young, beautiful and gifted; both have fresh, exciting voices and plenty of temperament. What's not to adore?
Having conquered the major European theaters and the Metropolitan in New York, Alagna and Gheorghiu are about to take on Chicago.
Saturday at the Civic Opera House, the Alagnas will make their Lyric Opera debuts as the star-crossed lovers of Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette," directed by Nicolas Joel and conducted by John Nelson. They are scheduled to sing the first five performances, through Feb. 5, after which they will relinquish their roles to Giuseppe Sabbatini and Elizabeth Futral. The opera runs to Feb. 28.