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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 2012 Richard Tucker Award, thereby becoming the only Hispanic recipient in the award’s 35-year history, and the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award. 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.”

Already something of a calling card for Pérez, the role of Violetta in La traviata is the vehicle for five of her operatic engagements in 2013-14. She launches the new season at the Hamburg State Opera, opposite her husband and frequent co-star, tenor Stephen Costello, before revisiting Verdi’s doomed heroine at Spain’s Ópera de Oviedo and the Bavarian State Opera. Pérez and Costello reunite to reprise their portrayals at San Francisco Opera and London’s Royal Opera House, at which Pérez has already been hailed as “an ideal Violetta” (Observer, UK). She may be seen twice more at Covent Garden this season, undertaking the title part of Massenet’s Manon in Laurent Pelly’s celebrated treatment, and making her role debut as Liù in Puccini’s TurandotRead more →

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In the Press

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

Interview: Ailyn Pérez

Opera Brittania | Mark Pullinger | February 16, 2014

Ailyn Pérez made a welcome return visit to The Royal Opera a few weeks ago to sing two performances of Massenet’s Manon, marking the first of a trio of roles at the House in the coming months. After wowing London with her exquisitely vulnerable Violetta in 2011, she appears for another run of La traviata (sharing the role with Diana Damrau) in May, singing opposite the Alfredo of her husband,Stephen Costello, while she makes her role debut as Liù tomorrow in Puccini’s Turandot. I caught up with her during a break early in rehearsals to discuss these roles, on performing opposite her husband and on how Ailyn got into music in the first place…. read more

Two’s Harmony

Wall Street Journal | Elisabeth Braw | January 23, 2014

This spring, audiences at London’s Royal Opera House will see Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello star as lovers Violetta and Alfredo in Verdi’s “La Traviata.” But, while singing about love is par for the course in opera, for this pair the romance doesn’t end when the curtain falls—Ms. Pérez and Mr. Costello are married. The young American couple—Stephen is 32, Ailyn 34—spoke to the WSJ about the challenges of coordinating two careers at the top of the opera world, before heading into a London studio to record their first album together, to be released in May on Warner Classics… read more