Ailyn Pérez is in the heart of an astonishing career. She comes to The Barns between her run of Mimìs in La bohème at the Met and an engagement for Violetta in La traviata at La Scala. She’s just as excited about her upcoming Wolf Trap performance as she is about its starry book-end engagements.
Wolf Trap Opera singers always joke about craving the mythical “3rd season.” We need to keep the revolving door of new talent always moving, so artists are limited to two summers on our roster. But they tell us they yearn for the mythical day when we will remove that restriction and they can just call the Trap their perennial summer home 🙂
Even though the two-year limit isn’t likely to go away, there are other ways for us to enjoy the artistry of our alumni – including the Filene Artist in Residence program, commissioned opera premieres, and song recitals at The Barns. And that last one is on my mind today as I sit down at the piano and prepare for the Ailyn’s return.