American soprano Ailyn Pérez’s debut at Glyndebourne has been met with bravos from the British press and audiences alike. She has been applauded for her “gleefully and radiantly sung” (Seen and Heard) performance as Alice Ford in the revival staging of Verdi’s Falstaff, with another review proclaiming that “Pérez’s golden voice soared lyrically; at times slyly coy, she commanded the stage with ease” (Opera Today). The production runs through July 14 at the fabled opera house.
Classical Source held Pérez in the highest acclaim: “Standing out from this fine ensemble, though, was the Alice Ford of Ailyn Pérez, a simply glorious Verdian soprano whose star quality at Glyndebourne proved mesmerising even in the moments when she sang from the wings. Pérez’s soaring, bejewelled lines will live long in the memory and the prospect of following her career in years to come is something to savour.” MusicOMH also had ample praise for Pérez: “The American soprano Ailyn Pérez, who won the 2012 Richard Tucker prize, was making her Glyndebourne debut as Alice Ford, and her creamy, lustrous tone and confident stage presence were ideally suited to this part, as indeed they would be to any of Verdi’s great lyric soprano roles; expect to hear much more from this already very polished artist.”