Ailyn Pérez


Soprano Ailyn Pérez is in demand at the world’s leading opera houses and cultural capitals. Internationally celebrated for her signature artistry, as the 2012 Richard Tucker Award winner, she became the first Hispanic recipient in the award’s history. Notable engagements of the current season include Ailyn’s highly anticipated role debut as Elisabetta di Valois in Verdi’s Don Carlo at Teatro di San Carlo. She sings her signature role of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Royal Opera House, Staatsoper Berlin, and Opéra national de Paris. Ms. Pérez returns to the Metropolitan Opera for her debut as Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and reprises the role of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff. She concludes the season with her greatly anticipated title role debut as Rusalka at Santa Fe Opera, led by Lidiya Yankovskaya. Career highlights include Violetta (La traviata) at Opernhaus Zürich, the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, where she was hailed as “an ideal Violetta” (Observer, UK). Pérez then went on to appear at Covent Garden in the same season, as the title role in Massenet’s Manon and for her role debut as Liù (Turandot). In concert, Ms. Pérez has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montréal 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 the Essen Philharmoniker. She has made guest appearances at gala concerts for The Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House and also appeared in recitals for London’s Rosenblatt Recitals at Wigmore Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Ms. Pérez is a graduate of Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts and Indiana University. She serves as an Artistic Advisor and on the faculty for the Vincero Academy and is an Opera for Peace Ambassador. Her many accolades include the George London Foundation’s Leonie Rysanek Award, Shoshana Foundation Career Grant 2007, 2nd place in the 2006 Operalia Competition, and honors from the Loren L. Zachary Foundation, Opera Index, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation.