Ailyn Pérez returns to New York this spring, featured in performance and conversation at a variety of events at The Metropolitan Opera and other venues.
The centerpiece of her time in NYC is her first performances as Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at The Metropolitan Opera, in an acclaimed production directed by Bartlett Sher. Ailyn’s fellow Academy of Vocal Arts alumnus Bryan Hymel joins in his debut as Roméo, Karine Deshayes sings Stéphano, Joshua Hopkins is Mercutio, and Kwangchul Youn is Frère Laurent. Maestro Plácido Domingo conducts all performances, taking place from April 23 through May 12. Her previous portrayals of the doomed heroine have been acclaimed by audiences and critics, including her unforgettable performances at Santa Fe Opera:
“… she has a lyrical opulence that blankets the audience with its beauty. She still displays serious coloratura in her Waltz Song, but at this time her Poison Aria is a dramatic gem as well.” (Bachtrack)
Ailyn is featured in a Conversations event for Opera America on May 3, where she discusses her life and career in opera with Marc Scorca. The event will be streamed live at operaamerica.org/Live and archived for later viewing on OA’s YouTube channel.
Closing out her time in New York, Ms. Pérez is a featured soloist at the Kaufman Music Center Gala on May 14, held in celebration of Executive Director Lydia Kontos’ Lifetime Achievement Award. The event also features Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, and raises funds to benefit the Kaufman Center’s wide-ranging and impactful music education programming. Ailyn regularly volunteers with students from the Special Music School, located at the Kaufman Center, and will be featured in performance with their girls’ chorus.