Following a triumphant concert appearance last season, star soprano Ailyn Pérez makes her operatic debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago this week, singing Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust. Emmanuel Villaume conducts a thrilling new production by rising star director Kevin Newbury. Benjamin Bernheim sings the title role with Christian van Horn as Méphistophélès and Edward Parks as Valentin making up the remainder of the cast.
Said Pérez, in the official Chicago press release, “It’s such a joy for me to return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for my operatic house debut as Marguerite. I’m honoured to be singing this extraordinary and complex role with a dream cast of wonderful colleagues in this new production, directed by Kevin Newbury. As a proud Chicago native it will be such a pleasure to perform Gounod’s mesmerising score in front of a home crowd, and I also look forward to working with Maestro Villaume again this season, following our collaboration on Thaïs at The Metropolitan Opera.”
Further ahead, Ailyn will make her third Metropolitan Opera appearance this season as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, before returning to both the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and Opernhaus Zurich for her iconic portrayal of Violetta in La traviata.
Faust will run from 3 – 21 March with seven scheduled performances. For further information or to purchase tickets, visit the Lyric Opera of Chicago website.
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