“An ideal Violetta … the bewitching young American soprano puts her heart into every twist of the drama, from the impetuousness of her love for Alfredo…to the febrile emergency of her death…her performance was glorious, the quiet passages magical.”
The Observer (UK), November 2011 [Royal Opera House]

“A soprano that is supple and strong enough to sustain long passages in the most eloquent and perfectly controlled half-voice.”
– The Times (UK), November 2011 [Royal Opera House]

“A star is born … On La Traviata’s opening night, sitting in my row during Act I, Ailyn Pérez was drafted in to sing Violetta. And she – and the company – turned it into a triumph…an unalloyed triumph. The audience plainly revelled in the tightrope-walk tension.”
– The Guardian, September 2010 [Royal Opera Japan tour]

“The real sensation of the evening was Ailyn Pérez, who had already proven herself at the Salzburg Festival. She portrays Violetta as a young woman boundlessly in love with Alfredo, whom she believes to be the love of her life. Her sumptuous lyric soprano voice, with its remarkable coloratura powers, displays every nuance of expression and emotion. This singer is destined to portray the great, passionate Verdi and Puccini heroines.”
– Kronenzeitung, May 2010 [Vienna State Opera]

“Ailyn Pérez gives a very believable portrait of the doomed Violetta Valéry. With her beautiful, well-controlled lyric soprano she created a deeply touching Violetta that was highly acclaimed by the audience.”
– Kurier, May 2010 [Vienna State Opera]

“As Violetta, State Opera debutante Ailyn Pérez displays all the coloratura facility and the delicate pianissimi needed to be memorable in the role.”
– Der Standard, May 2010 [Vienna State Opera]

“Ailyn Pérez succeeded admirably in the title role. Apart from her graceful appearance, she presented perfect coloraturas and heartbreaking, delicate pianissimi. What a joy to get such a beautiful voice as a replacement! Let’s hope she will return to the Vienna State Opera very often.”
– Der neue Merker, May 2010 [Vienna State Opera]