The Rumanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu has announced her divorce from French tenor Roberto Alagna.
The pair met in La Bohème at Covent Garden in 1994 and married two years later, after the death of Alagna’s wife. He was left with a child to raise, and she was looking after the child of her late sister. They became known alternately as Romeo and Juliet, Posh and Becks or, pejoratively, Mrs & Mrs Ceaucescu.
Both were prone to volatile behaviour and cancellations. At their best, they were irreplaceable.
Alagna has talked in the past of separation, but this time the divorce seems final.
Here’s Angela’s interview (in French). ‘Nous avons décidé d’un commun accord et en parfaite amitié avec Roberto Alagna d’un divorce imminent, qui sera prononcé très prochainement,‘ she told the agency reporter. That’s pretty clear, in any language.
Alagna is in New York today, rehearsing Andrea Chenier.
Here’s Angela at Covent Garden in 2011, interviewed for Bloomberg by Farah Nayeri.