Hailed by the New York Times as “a beautiful woman who commands the stage” and “a major soprano,” Ailyn Pérez is 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.”
Career highlights include Violetta La traviata for Opernhaus Zürich, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala Milan, and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where she was hailed as “an ideal Violetta” (Observer, UK). Pérez then went on to appear at Covent Garden in the same season, as the title role in Massenet’s Manon, and for her role debut as Liù Turandot. Other highlights include Musetta La bohème at the Metropolitan Opera; Adina L’elisir d’amore for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper and Washington National Opera; Countess Le nozze di Figaro for Houston Grand Opera (having made her house debut as Desdemona Otello in 2015); Violetta and title role Manon on a tour of Japan with the Royal Opera House; Tatyana Bakst in the World Premiere of Jake Heggie’s Great Scott and Manon for Dallas Opera; house debuts at the Bolshoi Theatre as Mimì La bohème and at Glyndebourne as Alice Ford; Countess Le nozze di Figaro and Marguerite Faust for Hamburgische Staatsoper; Marguerite Faust in Santa Fe and Amelia Grimaldi Simon Boccanegra at Teatro alla Scala, the Staatsoper Berlin, and opposite Leo Nucci at Opernhaus Zürich.
In concert Ailyn has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Mozart’s Requiem with Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Essen Philharmoniker. In recent seasons Ailyn has sung opposite Carreras, Bocelli, and with Plácido Domingo in gala concerts at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has made guest appearances at several gala concerts for the Metropolitan Opera. Ailyn has also appeared in recital at London’s Rosenblatt Recitals, at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and for Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Her debut album, Poème d’un jour (a program of French and Italian songs on the Opus Arte label) was released to rave reviews; with the UK’s Independent newspaper awarding it five stars, while International Record Review confessed, “Every so often, a singer comes along who completely bowls you over.”
Last season, Ailyn made triumphant returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Mimì La bohème; Violetta La traviata for Teatro alla Scala Milan and the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, as well as recitals at the Three Palaces Festival Malta, Wolf Trap Foundation USA and an outdoor opera gala on Margaret Island, Budapest.
At the start of the 2017/18 season, Ailyn returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Thaïs (tite role), then the Countess Le nozze di Figaro to rave reviews, and will return for Juliette Roméo et Juliette later in the season. She will also appear at the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Marguerite Faust and will make appearances at the Staatsoper Berlin and Opernhaus Zürich as Violetta La traviata.
Ailyn Pérez is a graduate of Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts and Indiana University. Her many accolades include the George London Foundation’s Leonie Rysanek Award, Shoshana Foundation Career Grant 2007, 2nd place in the 2006 Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition, and honours from the Loren L. Zachary Foundation, Opera Index, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation.
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Her voice has a distinctive timbre, with plaintive richness blended into its youthful bloom ... Ms. Pérez, a beautiful woman who commands the stage, has the makings of a major soprano.Anthony Tommasini
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Ailyn Pérez confirms her outstanding artistic qualities. Her beautiful and generous voice, her commanding technique as well as the broadest possible spectrum of feelings allow her to make a captivating drama of every piece.Remy Franck
Other roles include Pamina (Die Zauberflőte) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the Ravinia Festival; Marguerite (Faust) in Santa Fe and Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra) at La Scala, the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, and opposite Leo Nucci at the Opernhaus Zurich. Other portrayals include the title role in Roméo et Juliette, Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Marzelline in Fidelio, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, and the Four Heroines in Les contes d’Hoffmann. She has appeared at Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Berlin’s Staatsoper unter den Linden, Zurich Opera, Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, and Chile’s Teatro Municipal de Santiago.
Ailyn sang opposite Plácido Domingo in gala concerts at the Royal Opera House and as Mimì in a concert performance of La bohème at the Salzburg Festival. In concert she has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal, conducted by Yannick Nézet Seguin; Mozart’s Requiem with Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome; and Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with Essen Philharmoniker. She has given recitals at London’s Rosenblatt Recitals and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Ailyn has also performed at and Berlin’s German AIDS Foundation and appeared in concert with concert with Domingo, Carreras, and Andrea Bocelli. Her album recital debut – Poème d’un jour, a program of French and Italian songs on the Opus Arte label – was released to rave reviews; the UK’s Independent awarded it a full five stars, while International Record Review confessed: “Every so often, a singer comes along who completely bowls you over.”
Other past highlights include performances at the Hamburg State Opera as Violetta (La traviata), before singing the role for Ópera de Oviedo and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. Pérez then performed La traviata for San Francisco Opera and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where she was hailed as “an ideal Violetta” (Observer, UK). Pérez appeared twice more at Covent Garden that season, singing the title role of Massenet’s Manon, and making her role debut as Liù in Turandot. On the concert stage, she graced a star-studded Richard Tucker Music Foundation gala event at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, with fellow Tucker Award-winners including Renée Fleming and Joyce DiDonato.
Last update: October 2017
Perez’s lyric soprano is pure and honeyed in tone, and she deploys it with elegance and tenderness … Perez is also a natural actress ...Mike Silverman