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Hailed by the New York Times as “a beautiful woman who commands the stage” and “a major soprano,” Ailyn Pérez is increasingly in demand at the world’s leading opera houses and cultural capitals. She has won both the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award and the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, thereby becoming the only Hispanic recipient in the award’s 35-year history. As Opera News observes, “The phrase ‘an embarrassment of riches’ might have been invented to describe the combination of talents that belong to Ailyn Pérez…who truly seems to have it all.”

After singing Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony at this summer’s Ravinia Festival, Pérez looks forward to making her house and role debuts next season as Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello at Houston Grand Opera and as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera. Besides headlining a new production of La traviata at Zurich Opera, in 2014-15 she will also sing Mimì in La bohème at Hamburg State Opera, and portray a pair of Donizetti heroines – Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Norina in Don Pasquale – at the Bavarian State Opera and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, respectively. In concert, the soprano will join her husband and frequent co-star, tenor Stephen Costello, for programs of operatic duets at Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, and Opera Philadelphia, where they launch the company’s 40th Anniversary Season with a special gala performance in the city where they first fell in love. Read more →

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In the Press

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Ailyn Pérez Talks Metropolitan Opera Debut

Women’s Wear Daily | Lorna Koski | Feb 6, 2015

Ailyn Pérez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants Miguel and Luz Pérez, who each grew up in a different small town outside Guadalajara and met in Chicago. By dint of nonstop work, they were able to provide well for their three children — well enough that Pérez, 35, who says she “always lived in good neighborhoods and went to good schools,” wasn’t eligible for financial aid when she attended Indiana University, intending to become a music teacher. … read more

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Love is in the aria for opera’s new It couple

The Times (UK) | Emma Pomfret | May 5, 2014

If Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu were the Richard Burton and Liz Taylor of opera (on again, off again, divorce), husband and wife Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez are the Jay Z and Beyoncé. They’re modern, they’re hot and their marital status is taking them beyond opera’s heartland into Vanity FairThe Huffington Post, and YouTube ubiquity that includes the gushy mini-doc An Operatic Love Storyread more

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International soprano gives pop-up concert at Les Aldrich, Muswell Hill

The Resident | Mark Kebble | March 2, 2014

World-famous opera star Ailyn Pérez – described by The New York Times as ‘a beautiful woman who commands the stage … a major soprano’ – made a remarkable appearance at one of North London’s most beloved music shops, Les Aldrich in Muswell Hill, on Saturday 22 February. She is currently starring in Royal Opera House’s current productions of Puccini’s Turandot and Verdi’s La traviata… read more