Opera News Presents: The Singers’ Studio with Ailyn Pérez by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Opera News Presents: The Singers’ Studio with Ailyn Pérez, Wednesday, October 05, 2016. American soprano Ailyn Pérez returns to the Met this season 2016-17 for her first company performances of “Mimì” in La Bohème. Opera News Editor-in-Chief F. Paul Driscoll talks to the soprano about her work in the world’s great opera houses.
Ailyn Pérez, Waldorf Astoria, New York, 2014. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
On February 6, 2015, opera soprano Ailyn Pérez made her Metropolitan Opera début as “Micaëla” in Georges Bizet’s Carmen; libretto by Henri Meilhac & Ludovic Halévy. Her début was alongside Elina Garanca as “Carmen” and Roberto Alagna as “Don José”; conducted by Louis Langrée.
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Ailyn Pérez with legendary soprano Renata Scotto. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
Ailyn Pérez with Maestro James Levine. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
Ailyn Pérez with legends Florence Quivar, Sherrill Milnes, and bass-baritone Eric Owens. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
Ailyn Pérez was born in Chicago, Illinois, 1979, the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She attended the Indiana University School of Music and the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts, graduating in 2006. She is the winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Award. In 2016, she received the $50,000 Beverly Sills Award. She placed second at Operalia in 2006. She also placed second in the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation in 2004 and the George London Award in 2006, received an encouragement award from Opera Index, and placed second at the Loren L. Zachary Competition in 2005. In 2007 she was the winner of the Shoshana Foundation Career. In Autumn 2006, she toured with Andrea Bocelli as the guest soprano. In 2008, Pérez made her Salzburg Festival debut as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette alongside Rolando Villazón. Pérez is known as an interpreter of Violetta in La Traviata, which she has performed at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, and Royal Opera House. She has sung as Amelia alongside Plácido Domingo in Simon Boccanegra at the Deutsche Staatsoper and made her debut at Teatro alla Scala in the same production. Her engagements in the 2009/10 season included gala performances with Plácido Domingo in Baku, Azerbaijan, and with José Carreras in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2010 she appeared as Mimì in La Bohème at Cincinnati Opera and had her debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera that role in 2015. Her repertory includes roles like the Countess and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Pamina and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, and Marguerite in Faust. —Paraphrased Wikipedia
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