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March 02, 2014

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

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February 24, 2014

Turandot, Royal Opera

Opera Today | Mark Berry | February 24, 2014 Liù once again fared very well in indeed in terms of casting, Ailyn Pérez offering a moving portrayal — again, may Puccini’s manipulations be cursed! — in which musical and dramatic imperatives were as one. There are greater opportunities for vocal

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February 16, 2014

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

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January 23, 2014

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

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December 04, 2013

Deutsche Oper’s sophisticated La Traviata in Berlin

Bachtrack | Christine Pullinger December 4, 2013 View Article Here La Traviata at the Deutsche Oper Berlin was an evening of exemplary vocal prowess and unmitigated passion. With elegant direction by Götz Friedrich and the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper conducted by Gerard Korsten, La Traviata starred Ailyn Perez, Stephen Costello and Simon

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August 03, 2013

What brought opera’s “power couple” to Branscombe Festival 2013?

Paul Strange | Sidmouth Herald | August 3, 2013 Branscombe – let alone other parts of Devon – has never witnessed anything quite like the prestigious three-day music festival staged in the village last weekend (July 26-28). Masterminded by London lawyer, philanthropist and Branscombe resident Ian Rosenblatt, the festival featured performances from

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August 02, 2013

Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello, partners on stage and at home, pair up for a San Francisco Opera program at Stern Grove

Cheryl North | San Jose Mercury News | August 2, 2013 What do Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Pierre and Marie Curie, Robert and Clara Schumann and Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning all have in common? They are all couples who share (or shared), with

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June 14, 2013

Review: Poème d’un jour

International Record Review | Mark Pullinger May 2013 View Article Here Every so often, a singer comes along who completely bowls you over. When the Royal Opera launched a marathon run of La traviata last season, spanning several months, three casts and a multitude of critical yawns, I was urgently

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December 20, 2012

Ailyn and Steve: The new operatic power couple?

Condemned to Music | December 19, 2012 When Audra McDonald called them an opera power couple on the recent PBS broadcast of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala, I broke out laughing. Not at McDonald, and not because she was inaccurate: Soprano Ailyn Perez and tenor Stephen Costello fit the definition – both

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December 11, 2012

Elk Grove grad an opera superstar? Go Figaro

The Daily Herald | December 11, 2012 Opera soprano Ailyn Perez (pronounced I-lean) remembers the pivotal moment in second grade that music — and a teacher named Mr. Jacobs — rocked her world at Salt Creek Elementary School in Elk Grove Village. “We were sitting in the classroom,” Perez told us. “And

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