Hailed by the New York Times as “a beautiful woman who commands the stage” and “a major soprano,” Ailyn Pérez is increasingly in demand at the world’s leading opera houses and cultural capitals. She has won both the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, thereby becoming the only Hispanic recipient in the award’s 35-year history, and the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award. As Opera News observes, “The phrase ‘an embarrassment of riches’ might have been invented to describe the combination of talents that belong to Ailyn Pérez, … who truly seems to have it all.”
Already something of a calling card for Pérez, the role of Violetta in La traviata is the vehicle for five of her operatic engagements in 2013-14. She launches the new season at the Hamburg State Opera, opposite her husband and frequent co-star, tenor Stephen Costello, before revisiting Verdi’s doomed heroine at Spain’s Ópera de Oviedo and the Bavarian State Opera. Pérez and Costello reunite to reprise their portrayals at San Francisco Opera and London’s Royal Opera House, at which Pérez has already been hailed as “an ideal Violetta” (Observer, UK). She may be seen twice more at Covent Garden this season, undertaking the title part of Massenet’s Manon in Laurent Pelly’s celebrated treatment, and making her role debut as Liù in Puccini’s Turandot. Pérez closes the opera season as she began it: starring opposite Costello in Verdi at Hamburg State Opera, this time as Gilda to his Duke in Rigoletto. On the concert stage, Pérez graces a star-studded Richard Tucker Music Foundation gala event at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, where she celebrates the Brooklyn-born tenor’s centennial with fellow Tucker Award-winners including Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, and Costello, who won the award in 2009. Dubbed “America’s fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars” (Associated Press) and praised for their “palpable chemistry”(New York Times), Pérez and Costello also team up for operatic duets, in recital at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and on their forthcoming album, which is due for release in May.
Roles Pérez will portray in future seasons include Norina in Don Pasquale, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Violetta in La traviata, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, the title role in Manon, a world premiere by composer Jake Heggie, Desdemona in Otello, The Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, with which she will make her debuts at several top American and international opera houses.
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