Ailyn Pérez has been named the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Richard Tucker Award, which is conferred annually on an American opera singer at the threshold of a major international career.
The Richard Tucker Award is granted by the board of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and carries the foundation’s most substantial cash award.
The prize, referred to as “the Heisman Trophy of opera”, is one of the most important vocal prizes an American artist can win.
Ailyn Pérez is the first Hispanic singer to receive the award in its 34-year history.
Previous winners include such luminaries of the opera world as Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee and Angela Meade and (in 2009) Pérez’s husband and frequent collaborator, tenor Stephen Costello. Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello, dubbed “America’s fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars” (Associated Press) now have two well-deserved Richard Tucker Awards on their mantelpiece.
Ailyn said in interview “I am truly grateful and thrilled to receive such an honor from my country. I am excited to be another voice to carry on Richard Tucker’s legacy.”
We are delighted for Ailyn!
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