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 just been named a 2019 Opera News Awards Honoree, and has won both the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, (thereby becoming the first Hispanic recipient), 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.”

Although most well-known for her interpretation of “an ideal Violetta” (Observer, UK) in La traviata (Opernhaus Zürich, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Teatro all Scala Milan and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden) and Mimì in La bohème (The Metropolitan Opera,Teatro alla Scala,Bolshoi Theatre), her repertoire ranges from Mozart to Verdi. Recent seasons have included: the title role in Massenet’s Manon (Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Dallas Opera), Liù in Turandot (Royal Opera House Covent Gardent), Desdemona in Otello (Houston Grand Opera), Adina in L’elisir d’amore (Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper and Washington National Opera), Countess in Le nozze di Figaro (Houston Grand Opera, the Metropolitan Opera), Marguerite in Faust (Hamburgische Staatsoper, Chicago Lyric Opera and Santa Fe), Alice in Falstaff (Glyndebourne), and Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra (Teatro alla Scala, the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and opposite Leo Nucci at Opernhaus Zürich). She also created the role of Tatyana Bakst in the World Premiere of Jake Heggie’s Great Scott. 

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 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.”

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
The New York Times
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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

During her triumphant 2017/8 season, Ailyn returned to the Metropolitan Opera for her role debut as Thaïs, a stellar performance about which classical source praised her “vocal brilliance and dynamic presence“. She made two further appearances at the Met, firstly as the Countess Le nozze di Figaro, to similarly rave reviews, before finishing with Juliette Roméo et Juliette later in the season. She also appeared at the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Marguerite Faust and made appearances at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and Opernhaus Zürich as Violetta.

Notable engagements of this season include her role debut as Elvira Ernani for Teatro alla Scala, Mimì La bohème and Alice Ford Falstaff at the Metropolitan Opera, Donna Anna Don Giovanni for the Houston Grand Opera, Micaëla for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, as well as concert appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra for Verdi’s Requiem under Maestro Ed Gardner and Beethoven‘s Mass in C with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel.

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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Last update: September 2018

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
Associated Press