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Opera's 'dream couple' in domestic violence claim: Soprano Angel Gheorghiu says tenor husband subjected her to years of beatings

The world’s most celebrated female opera singer, Angela Gheorghiu, has been the victim of domestic violence in her marriage to the tenor Roberto Alagna, she has claimed.

In an interview with The Independent, the soprano alleged that Alagna would assault her in front of her family and his. The startling revelation will stun opera-goers around the world, as the pair - who recently divorced - were seen for years as opera’s glamour couple.

Alagna is internationally famous in his own right as one of the world’s leading tenors. Gheorghiu, hugely popular in Britain, is set to star in a production of Puccini’s La Rondine at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on Friday.


Earlier this year Gheorghiu went to Romania to get a divorce. “I was very kind with Roberto on this matter, because otherwise in France [where he lives] it would be a big problem for him,” she said. “In Romania I wanted it to be in the quickest way possible: you sign a few papers and it was ciao, arrivederci. Because I really wanted not to continue to have a relationship with this kind of person.

There are things in life you accept from your man, but I did not want to continue to live with the idea that your man is violent. Basta! I said everything, I did everything, until the last moment: I said to myself it is not true, I cannot accept it. OK, now I accept – so, basta. A person like that will never, ever change.”


When they initially became a couple, she says, after the death from cancer of Alagna’s first wife, she saw only what she wanted to see. “People of course told me, even colleagues around me, ‘Be careful’. But I really wanted to be with Roberto. I divorced my first husband for him. When you are in love, you are completely blind. And you don’t know, and you don’t want to know.”





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