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 →
Ailyn Pérez joins the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Artist’s Council
It has been announced that Ailyn Pérez has joined The Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Artist’s Council, a group of distinguished Met artists from both past and present that serves in an advisory capacity to the Guild board and staff, and, when possible, works actively on its programs. The Guild is responsible for publishing Opera News, fundraising for the Met, and creating some of the country’s most innovative educational programs. In February, following her debut at The Metropolitan Opera as Micaëla in Carmen, Ailyn worked with a group of students in the Guild’s High School immersion program. Richard J. Miller Jr., the President of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, expressed his gratitude for Ailyn giving the students, in his words, “a rich and candid impression of the work and life of a professional singer.” He added, “We look forward to working with her in the years to come.”
Ailyn commented, “I am truly delighted to join the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Artists’ Council. I have great admiration for their public programs and educational initiatives and am looking forward to deepening my involvement in the enriching exchange they foster within the artistic and educational community. Helping and encouraging young artists in any way that I can is very important to me. There have been teachers, artists, patrons, and mentors who have generously shared their support and advice with me over the years. I’m eager to continue in this tradition of offering helpful and encouraging words and sharing time with others.”
You can read the full press release, elaborating on the work the Guild does and Ailyn’s plans for the future here.