Ailyn Pérez

Recipient of the 2012 Richard Tucker Award; the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award; the 2016 Beverly Sills Award from the Metropolitan Opera; the  2017 Sphinx Medal of Excellence, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Hailed by the New York Times as “a beautiful woman who commands the stage” and “a major soprano,” Ailyn Pérez is in high demand at the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls.

Recent highlights include Alice Ford Falstaff, Mimì La bohème, the title role Thaïs, Countess Le nozze di Figaro and Juliette Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera; Violetta La traviata, Elvira Ernani and Mimì at Teatro alla Scala Milan; Liù Turandot, Micaëla Carmen and Violetta at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and further appearances as Violetta at the Bayerische Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera and Hamburgische Staatsoper.

Notable engagements of the 2019/20 season include role debuts as Antonia Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Opéra de Paris, the title role Rusalka at the Sante Fe Opera and Nedda in a new production of Pagliacci at Dutch National Opera. She will return to the Wiener Staatsoper as the title role Manon, to the Palau de les Arts Valencia as Marguerite Faust, and to the Metropolitan Opera for both Mimì and Amelia Grimaldi Simon Boccanegra. In recital, she will appear at the San Diego Opera and with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.

Ailyn’s album-recital debut ‘Poème d’un jour’, a program of French and Italian songs on the Opus Arte label, was released to rave reviews. The UK’s Independent newspaper awarded it a full five stars, while International Record Review confessed: “Every so often, a singer comes along who completely bowls you over.”


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    Poème d’un jour

    Label: Opus Arte

    Release Date: 23 Apr 13

    A selection of studio and live recordings from Ailyn Perez’s memorable London Rosenblatt Recital in March 2012. Accompanied by Iain Burnside at the piano, Ailyn presents Spanish and French art song (including music by Hahn, Obradors, De Falla and Faure) alongside arias from Massenet’s Manon.

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    27 Oct 19 Richard Tucker Gala 2019
    Carnegie Hall

    “In her two showcases, Ailyn Pérez brought down the house demonstrating she has one of the best instruments currently performing in the world. Her first aria “Chi il sogno di Doretta” allowed the soprano to display her rich and seductive tone and interacted beautifully with the audience as she walked around the stage glancing at those watching. She extended the phrase “Folle amore! Folle ebbrezza!” with an even tone that blossomed with each note. And then in the second repetition of the phrase, during which Puccini asks the soprano to reach a high C in “Ah! mio sogno! Ah! mia vita,” Pérez expanded each note with brilliant sound. Most impressive was the evenness of her voice as she went from the top to the middle of her registers with the same potency.
    But in her final duet from ‘Thaïs,” Pérez brought an expressive quality to her voice that displayed her mastery of the role and which also saw her high Ds resonate effortlessly. She held out each of these climactic notes with incredible confidence. It was impossible to look away as the voice continuously soared in the hall. Her chemistry with Meachem was also impeccable as their voices blended well and they each allowed their passionate lines to flow with lush tones.”

    David Salazar, Opera Wire, 28 October 2019

    “Ailyn Pérez delivered an idiomatic, firm-toned ‘Chi il bel sogno di Doretta’ from La Rondine, her velvety voice strident at the top yet never harsh. Her death scene from Thaïs was a masterclass in legato phrasing”

    Clive Paget, Limelight, 29 October 2019

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    25 Oct 19 PUCCINI La Bohème
    Metropolitan Opera, New York

    “the beguiling soprano Ailyn Pérez… singing with melting sound and affecting vulnerability, made an endearing Mimì, a sensual young woman not afraid to let go when feelings of romantic longing welled up at the first sight of Rodolfo.”

    Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 27 October 2019

    “Ailyn Pérez’s Mimì was similarly understated, elegantly matching the subtlety of Polezani’s Rodolfo. Pérez’s voice… was full of color and variety, and perfectly suited her more demure Mimì. Her performance was marked by an exquisite sense of line and an impeccable musicality—it was easy to see why Pérez has garnered such acclaim in this role with such a sensitive interpretation of Puccini’s score… Her “Mi chiamano Mimì” was utterly entrancing—the high-point of the performance: every note seemed so caringly shaped, every line unfolding with growing warmth and effulgence. Pérez was similarly transfixing in the fourth act, confining her performance to a searing pianissimo which only served to intensify her slow demise.”

    Callum John Blackmore, Parterre box, 26 October 2019

    “In the roles of Mimì and Rodolfo, Matthew Polenzani and Ailyn Perez showcased incredible chemistry that allowed the story to flow with ease and made the final moments heartbreaking. Unlike most who portray these roles, their interpretations of Mimì and Rodolfo imbued the lovers with a sense of inexperience in love, but not quite naive innocence. Every gesture drove their interaction, keeping you fully invested in their emotional development… Her Mimì continues to grow and find different shades that one would never expect…

    Perez shaped the phrases [of “Mi chiamano Mimì”] with roundness and fluidity as if she were narrating a story. Nothing was taken for granted as she gave a few spaces between phrase and melody as if Mimì was think of what to say next. The purity of the sound continued to rise and melt into each bar until she got to the climactic moment “ma quando vien lo sego,” where her voice projected with a gorgeous forte into the hall. One particular moment in the aria that stood out was the phrase “di primavere” as Perez began with a piano and crescendoed to a forte before decrescendoing it. It was quite magical and allowed for the unpredictability of the aria. In “O Soave Fanciulla,” Perez’s timbre took on a brightness that one immediately forgot about the ill Mimì.

    In Act three, Perez’s voice brought darker shades that were emphasized in her duet with Marcello. She sang with a subtlety that emphasized the desperation in Mimì but also her weakened state… Her “Donde Lieta Usci” was also a showcase of gorgeous piano singing with immaculate legato phrasing that continuously grew in volume. But her most impressive singing came as she ended the aria. She held out the “Senza” as if not wanting to let go of the note and then when she arrived at “Rancor,” she slowly decrescendoed with the sound dying out.”

    Francisco Salazar, Opera Wire, 1 November 2019

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    09 Sep 19 LEONCAVALLO Pagliacci
    Dutch National Opera

    “Soprano Ailyn Pérez made a fantastic role debut as Nedda. Besides great personal charm, she had the ideal voice for the role, fleet and silvery in the ballad and becoming fuller and juicier at dramatic climaxes.”
    Jenny Camilleri, Bachtrack, 6 September 2019

    “The ravishing Ailyn Pérez sings a cool Nedda. Moreover, she has real comedian talent that she then demonstrates in the bird monologue “Stridone lassù” and especially in the final piece-in-the-piece. In Mattia Olivieri she finds a suitable opponent like Silvio. Both have the talent to give an exciting erotic charge to the final of their love duet.”

    Jos Hermans, Leidmotif, 10 September 2019

    “Never seen a performance so sensual in Pagliacci’s dressing room between Nedda ( Ailyn Pérez ) and Silvio ( Mattia Olivieri ), thanks to a clear voice and a remarkable physicality.”

    Giovanni Zambito, Fattitaliani, 8 September 2019

    “Soprano Ailyn Pérez turned Nedda (and as Colombina) into a real show figure with her mercury silver sound”

    Fraanz Straatman, Place de l’Opera, 6 September 2019

    “Perfect Nedda by Ailyn Peréz, beautiful voice, excellent presence and very musical.”

    Edoardo Saccenti, OperaClick, 5 September 2019

    “Ailyn Pérez’s voice unfolds light and clear across the room; the soprano is full of vigour and shows a remarkable comic and dramatic talent, moving convincingly from Nedda to Colombina, from life to the theatre, in the space of a moment.”

    Cinzia Rota, ClassicAgenda, 24 September 2019


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    02 Jul 19 BIZET Carmen
    Royal Opera House

    “Ailyn Pérez, inexplicably absent from Covent Garden for five years, was a fabulous Micaëla, singing a heartfelt “Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante”, rich in tone, the highlight of the evening.”
    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 25 June 2019

    “Luca Pisaroni a sleek Escamillo and Ailyn Pérez in glorious voice as Micaëla.”
    Fiona Maddocks, The Observor, 29 June 2019

    “Ailyn Perez gives a creamily sung and touchingly engaging Micaëla, managing to surmount the lack of any explanation as to why she is in “the mountains” in Act Three.”
    Alexander Campbell, Classical Source, 25 June 2019

    “The most complete performances were from Ailyn Pérez who was luxury-casting as Micaëla (‘Je dis que rien m’épouvante’ was exquisitely poignant)…”
    Seen & Heard International, 26 June 2019

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    20 May 19 VERDI Requiem
    Minnesota Orchestra

    “I’d be hard pressed to say who impressed me more, soprano Ailyn Perez or mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong. They wrapped listeners in a blanket of harmony on a duet on the “Agnus Dei,”… Perez then burst forth on theR finale, the “Libera Me” that Verdi actually wrote earlier as part of a multi-composer collaborative “Requiem” upon the death of another of opera’s greatest composers, Gioacchino Rossini. When the “Dies Irae” was done offering its shouts of advocacy for fear-based faith, Perez was ready with a transporting, transcendent lullaby.
    Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, May 18 2019

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    26 Apr 19 MOZART Don Giovanni
    Houston Grand Opera

    “It takes the entire first act for everyone to get into the mood, except Pérez, as Anna, who rouses the audience whenever she appears… Pérez is magnificent, with thrilling projection, flawless technique, and volcanic presence. She and Bordogna, as scene-stealing Leporello (who’s strangely attired like Chico Marx), supply the treasured performances here.”
    D. L. Groover, Houston Press, 21 April 2019

    “Soprano Ailyn Perez anchors her Donna Anna to equal measures grief and desire to avenge her father; her Act I aria after she realizes it was the Don who killed the Commendatore is riveting.”
    Hannah Che, Houstonia, 23 April 2019

    “Ailyn Pérez projects passion as Donna Anna—especially in her empowering aria “Or sai chi l’onore”—and her magnetic stage presence is fiery”
    Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, 22 April 2019


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    29 Sep 18 VERDI Ernani
    La Scala, Milan

    “Una Elvira appassionata, piena di giovanile ardore… è convincente sia come virginale promessa sposa sia nello slancio vibrante con cui tiene testa agli altri due spasimanti”

    “A passionate Elvira, full of youthful ardour… she is convincing both as a virginal bride-to-be and in the vibrant momentum with which she holds the other two lovers”

    Ugo Malasoma, Opera Click, 29 September 2018

    “Ailyn Pérez has all the sparkling coloratura (she’s a great Violetta) for the cabaletta. She rode ensembles with ease and looked a million dollars in peacock headdress for the Venetian-looking palazzo in Act 4”

    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 30 September 2018


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    09 May 18 GOUNOD Roméo et Juliette
    The Metropolitan Opera

    “As Juliette, soprano Ailyn Pérez once again enchants. Her “Je veux vivre” (I want to live) was beautifully sung and perfectly conveyed the intoxicating rapture of youth by a teenager at a ball in her parents’ house.

    This has been a banner year for Perez, the third starring role at the Met this season. She impressed in all three. In “Thais,” she was a courtesan who finds religion, and in “The Marriage of Figaro,” she played a countess with a philandering husband. Here as a lovelorn and tragic teenager in the last, she, in addition to her singing, she is also believable.
    Barry Bassis, The Epoch Times, May 5 2018

    “The poison aria, Juliette’s other major solo moment, was Pérez’s finest dramatically and vocally. She let her voice blast through the Met with tremendous assuredness, the A trill to the high C delivered with an exciting crescendo that expressed the sense of strength of this Juliette. The middle section of the aria, wherein Juliette questions the plan, was sung with more hushed tone, drawing a contrast with the confident quality of the first section. But the reprisal of the opening section was delivered with even greater vocal force, Pérez’s voice beaming into the theater powerfully.”
    David Salazar, Operawire, April 29 2018

    “Ailyn Pérez’s emotional range was wider; whilst not the most girlish of presences, her coloratura was fresh in her celebrated valse-ariette “Je veux vivre” and the maturity of voice and expression patent in the disarray of feeling as she first hesitates and then unflinchingly drinks the ‘sleeping’ potion.”
    Hilary Stroh, Bachtrack, April 24 2018

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    05 Mar 18 GOUNOD Faust
    Lyric Opera of Chicago

    “Perez invested Marguerite’s music with ravishing delicacy and grace, and had no trouble summoning full-toned intensity for the character’s emotionally fraught scenes later in the opera. She gave an affecting account of the King of Thule ballad and sailed easily through the sparkling roulades of the Jewel Song despite the intrusion of those infernal imps.”

    Chiacgo Tribune, John von Rhein

    “But the star of this production was arguably Ailyn Pérez, who winningly captures the wholesomeness, humanity and pathos of the betrayed Marguerite.”

    Kyle MacMillan, Chicago Sun Times

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    31 Dec 17 MOZART Le nozze di Figaro (Countess)
    The Metropolitan Opera

    “Pérez, singing her first Contessa at the Met, was undeniably the vocal gem of the night… Her entire portrayal of the aria was one of heartbreak, the line delicate but always connected. Pérez possesses an increasingly large sound, but it was quite surprising how restrained she was with its use throughout, opting for a gentle approach that gave the character a greater dignity and nobility… “Porgi, amor” was beautiful,” but “Dove sono” was on another level altogether with Pérez managing what seemed like an extended legato phrase that just built and built until its reprisal, whereupon the soprano utilized ornamentations to express the lament and pain of the character.
    David Salazar, Operawire, December 30 2017

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    13 Dec 17 Tucker Gala Carnegie Hall

    “The other star of the night was soprano Ailyn Pérez who gave the audience another taste of her ever-expanding repertoire. Her first selection “Ebben? ne andro lontana” exuded a sense of despair. The opening lines were sung with a lush pianissmo that eventually grew to a chilling fortissmo. Her “Un Bel di vedremo” also showed Perez’s affinity for verismo as she brought out a tender vocal quality throughout the middle section. When the aria went to it climactic B flat, Perez’s voice grew richer and more devastating.”
    Francisco Salazar, Operawise, 11 December 2017

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    13 Nov 17 Massenet Thaïs (title role)
    The Metropolitan Opera

    “The soprano’s sound was rounded and lustrous all afternoon, the sheer loveliness emphasized by the feeling that she was extending sustained notes just a little longer so the ear could linger, before her vibrato kicked in.

    There was no strain to her high notes. Rather, there was a certain display of muscularity that elicited the intuitive excitement of being in the presence of pure power. And that was secondary to her long phrases, full of small inflections that showed character and mood, from the confident flirtations of “Qui te fiat si sévère” to the sublime focus and gentleness of her last lines in “C’est Toi, Mon Père.”

    “Dis-moi que je suis belle,” the Act II “Mirror” aria, was marvelous. When Thaîs sings to the crowd (onstage and in the audience), she needs to invigorate and dazzle. In this scene, which opens the act, she becomes a three-dimensional character. Pérez seemed to hold time in her hand, the measures going past but the expression concentrated on unveiling the layers of her personality.

    George Grella, The New York Classical Review, 13 November 2017

    “Pérez’s interpretation of the heroine emphasized her alluring and seductive qualities, her voice vibrant with a relaxed and confident quality. Her initial vocal lines were deliciously sung, the legato elegant…

    As Thaïs grew into her new role, her voice regained in strength, the sound fuller than at any point in the entire opera; this came to its apex in the final duet where the soprano effortlessly built to cathartic high Ds… For a role debut, it was a rather insightful and mature performance through and through.”

    David Salazar, Operawire, 13 Novemeber 2017

    “Ailyn Pérez did exactly what she should do: walked on stage and took over. From her first breath, the voice caressed, seduced – but, most importantly, demanded attention. I’m not sure that Pérez was actually several decibels louder than everyone else, but she might as well have been: you couldn’t stop concentrating fully on her whenever she sang, and were rewarded by the most luscious of timbre, utter security in the high notes and full commitment to the role.”

    David Karlin, Bachtrack, 16 November 2017

    ” Pérez looked gorgeous in her Christian Lacroix costumes, vivaciously rendering words and music reflecting a hedonistic lifestyle as Thaïs seeks assurance from her bedroom mirror, and from Venus, that she is – and always will be – beautiful. However, once she decides to follow the conflicted monk Athanaël she dons plain and dark garments, and the vocal line darkens as well, but in the final scene, as Thaïs dressed in white dies, Pérez’s voice soared elegantly.

    Pérez’s vocal brilliance and dynamic presence fully justifies returning Thaïs to the Met stage…”

    David M. Rice, Classical Source, 15 November 2017

    ” Soprano Ailyn Pérez flaunts a creamily voluptuous voice (and, as the saying goes, a bod for sin) as the titular courtesan, and Gerald Finley’s flinty baritone makes something disturbingly real of the ascetic monk Athanaël.”

    James Jorden, New York Observer, 14 November 2017

    “They chose to play actual people rather than caricatures, a decision that made the charged interactions this agonized man and this misunderstood woman feel surprisingly — and, in today’s world, uncomfortably — real.”

    Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, 17 November 2017

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    28 Sep 16 Puccini La bohème (Mimi)
    The Metropolitan Opera

    “Ailyn Pérez, an American soprano who previously sang the flighty Musetta in this production, proved a worthy foil as the ailing Mimi, effectively veering between vulnerability and surging strength.”
    Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, 29 Sept 2016 

    “…one turned to the touching and musically idiomatic inflections of Ailyn Pérez as Mimi, whose judicious use of sliding attacks and portamento gracefully conveyed the Italian text while steering clear of the “operatic” conventions Puccini himself was puncturing in this intimate drama.”
    David Wright, New York Classical Review, 29 Sept 2016

    “Ailyn Pérez brought a warm timbre and refined musicality to Mimi, Rodolfo’s frail-yet-beguiling lover. She capped lush phrases with radiant top notes that soared over Puccini’s tender melodies, and her understated physicality made her elegant portrayal an endearing one.”
    Christopher Browner, Classical Source, 28 Sept 2016

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    16 Jul 16 Gounod Roméo et Juliette (Juliette)
    Santa Fe Opera

    “In recent years Pérez has been honored with some of the opera world’s top awards. It is easy to understand the acclaim when, on learning that the lad she loves is a member of the rival family, she renders her line “Ah! Je l’ai vu trop tôt sans le connaître” (Too early seen unknown and known too late) with luxuriant tone and affecting emotion”
    James M. Keller, Santa Fe New Mexican, 18 July 2016

    “We know Ailyn Pérez from her 2011 debut here as Marguerite in that, um, other Gounod opera, a shimmering presence. She radiates grace and personal charm here as well, with a confidence that moves her Juliette from the shy and kittenish to self-knowing maturity … Vocal highlight of the evening, sans doute, goes to Pérez’ account of the punishing “poison aria,” her fearful self-debate—to drink or not to drink Friar Laurent’s potion. Gounod and his librettists, Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, vastly improve upon Juliette’s rattletrap Shakespearean soliloquy. The aria, “Amour, ranime mon courage,” presents its own fearful challenges, such that Caroline Carvalho, originating the role in 1867, declined to sing it, and for years, the piece went unheard. But Pérez makes it her own, the expressive coloratura and trills and high-flying bravura perfectly intact, plus a characterization that remains totally convincing.”
    John Stege, Santa Fe Reporter, 20 July 2016 

    “Ailyn Pérez has the whole package. She is at the entryway of a great career. She can sing with power and restraint as the need presents. She has a rich lyric soprano that is completely under her control. Everything she did was touched with brilliance. No soprano I can think of could do better and I’m not sure that any other singer now active could equal her Juliette.”
    Neil Kurtzman, Medicine & Opera, 17 July 2016 

    “Juliette, sung beautifully by Ailyn Pérez, enters from the rising rear stage, trips down the steps with her nurse, as her wide light blue dress billows. She is every bit an innocent seventeen-year-old girl. Her voice is as eager and pure as her expressions.” …

    “The balcony scene changes Juliette from a perky young girl into a mature woman, ready to sacrifice all for the love of her life. Pérez has the delicate touch necessary for this instant transformation.”

    Susan Hall,, 18 August 2016 

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    15 Apr 16 Puccini La bohème (Musetta)
    The Metropolitan Opera

    “… the Met has lined up an exceptional cast headlined by its two leading ladies … In the role of Musetta, Ailyn Pérez, who recently won the Beverely Sills Award, returned to the Met in one of the most charismatic and show-stopping Musetta’s in recent Met seasons. From the moment she entered the Met stage her Musetta bristled with lots of energy. She flirted with the towns people, with the soldiers and at the same time made sure to put the pressure on Alcindoro, destroying plates and throwing menus. In her famous waltz “Quando Me’n vo’,” Pérez relished the moment as she sat in between soldiers, seducing each one. Her lush soprano voice caressed each phrase making it evident that she was easily having fun with the role. There was a sensual feel to her rubati throughout the aria and the gentle approach to some of the phrases.

    In the third act, Pérez showed some more comedic timing as she danced and tripped her Marcello. But this was all combined with vocal fireworks as her soprano soared in the climax to the famed quartet “Dunque Propio e finito.” In the final act, Pérez dispatched the monologue “Madonna Benedetta,” with subtle intensity almost as if she was speaking. This was a heartwarming moment that showed another side to Musetta. Pérez and her Macrello, Levente Molnar, added a sense of urgency as they began making a remedy for the sick Mimi. This simple action helped flesh out her character and added a sense of kindness and commitment often missing in other portrayals.”
    Francisco Salazar, Latin Post, 4 May 2016

    “Ailyn Pérez’s Musetta is like gold. She shines by nature, and her voice gives echoes to the great Maria Callas. This is high praise but well-deserved. You cannot stop watching her every move as a physical comedienne, while, as an opera singer, you smile at her every note. Her playful relationship with Marcello, played by Levente Molnár, is the comic relief throughout the play because both are larger than life personalities that use emotional chess to both win and lose to each other.”
    Diandra Rivera, NY Theatre Guide, 25 April 2016

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    29 Mar 16 Santa Fe Recital
    Santa Fe Desert Chorale

    “She’s a jewel, beguiling and pathetic by turns. Can Pérez float a note? Don’t even ask. Her voice gleams with expression, making coloratura seem effortless. Above all, there’s personality in her technique. She combines feeling and power with the deft phrasing that characterizes everything she sings.”
    John Stege, Santa Fe Reporter, 16 March 2016

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    04 Mar 16 Puccini Manon (title role)
    Winspear Opera House, Dallas Opera

    “As the eponymous flibbertigibbet-turned-courtesan-turned-ruin, Ailyn Pérez … was fully engaged, putting every bit of her powerful, pliant soprano to use.”
    Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 5 March 2016

    “Pérez is magnificent as the ill-fated Manon—vocally and dramatically. The character is usually portrayed as too beautiful for her own good and a victim of her desires. She abandons true but penniless love for the life of luxury offered as a courtesan, then back to her distraught student when she was bored and finally leading both of them to ruin by her insatiable desire for riches.

    Pérez, on the other hand, is a woman who knows her own power. Her actions, while sometimes incorrect, are always motivated by trying to make the best of the situations in which she finds herself. She sincerely loves the heartbroken Des Grieux, the young student who rescued her from a life in a convent, but Pérez’s Manon is deeply conflicted about what to do when she learns that his father is going to intervene. Unless she accepts the very generous offer from the wealthy nobleman, she would be a 16-year-old woman alone in the world. Unlike others in the role, Pérez shows us her despair at such a choice. Through it all, her deep love for Des Grieux never falters—and we know it.

    When Manon learns that Des Grieux is about to take his vows of priesthood, most Manons seek him out and seduce him to run off with her and live a life on the edge. Pérez plays it differently. She realizes that if he takes his vow, she will never be able to repair the damage she did to him and rebuild the life she sacrificed. While the end result is the same, her so-called seduction is something else: a desperate attempt to remind him of the joys they once shared.

    Their final ruin is, indeed, her fault for suggesting a life of gambling to support themselves, but Pérez makes it clear that this is an act of desperation in the face of bankruptcy rather than her desire for finery. Their final meeting, a short visit her brother arranged with a corrupt prison guard, is almost too devastatingly sad to watch. There is little left of Pérez’s Manon, only her overwhelming regret. She musters the energy needed to express this to the distraught Des Grieux and expires in his arms.

    Vocally, she is amazing. She has a glorious voice, moving to spinto territory, with secure high notes and remarkable flexibility. She is equally impressive at full volume or when floating a super soft sound. But she is doing more than just singing. Every note is part of a phrase that communicates the words and the emotions behind them. It reminds of the stage presence of someone like Maria Callas.”
    Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, North Texas Performing Arts News, 6 March 2016

    “Foremost, Ailyn Pérez as the eponymous Manon sang the high notes with ease, then slipped gracefully into the lower register. Pérez, whose hilarious performance earlier this season as the scheming understudy in Great Scott highlighted her lighter side, here showed her versatility as a young woman growing from naïveté to worldliness and then despair. She inhabited each iteration of her character, running the gamut from ingenue to temptress to conniving sphinx and in spite of her flaws, you can’t help but love her. Pérez’s performance of the aria “Adieu, notre petite table” was heart-wrenching.”
    Monica Hinman, Dallas Observer, 6 March 2016

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    30 Oct 15 Jake Heggie Great Scott (Tatyana Bakst)
    Winspear Opera House, Dallas Opera

    “Ailyn Pérez delivers a glorious performance as an up-and-coming Eastern European soprano in “Great Scott,” which had its world premiere Friday night at the Winspear Opera House.”

    “The vocal stars of the show are Pérez, with a brilliant and glorious soprano, and Costanzo, with an astonishingly powerful and well-focused countertenor.”
    Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News, 31 October 2015 

    “soprano Ailyn Pérez, in an aptly attention-grabbing performance”
    Joshua Kosman, SF Gate, 31 October 2015 

    “Tatyana Bakst, a wildly talented young soprano, well on her way to the top, who is cast in the female secondary role. She hails from Eastern Europe and has been unleashed on her first assignment in America. She is bold, brash, carefree and clueless. Much of the hilarity comes from her antics and her interactions with the other members of the company. She is being portrayed by a wildly talented soprano well on her way to the top, Ailyn Pérez — who definitely is not clueless.”
    Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones, 29 October 2015

    “In the first act, Arden worries that the young seconda donna, Tatyana, will “sing her off the stage.” Sure enough, soprano Ailyn Pérez — game, vibrant and thrilled to toss out easy high D’s — did just that, and not only in her diva moment, when she sang the National Anthem, recast as a florid bel canto showpiece, at the Super Bowl.”
    Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal, 2 November 2015

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    20 Sep 15 "Letters from Russia"
    New Century Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco

    “Ailyn Pérez shows off star power with New Century ensemble

    Just a few short years ago, soprano Ailyn Pérez was in the Merola Opera Program, and now she’s an international star. How’d that happen so fast?

    The obvious answer — remarkable vocal talent, combined with radiance and charm — was on display in Berkeley’s First Congregational Church on Thursday night, when Pérez joined the New Century Chamber Orchestra for a first-rate season-opening program. Listening to her sing music of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, one couldn’t help but be amazed, and a little awestruck, at the expressive and tonal splendor on display.

    The entire evening, for that matter, was short but wonderfully satisfying, and a reminder of the artistic rewards that have continued to accrue from the appointment of Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg as the string ensemble’s music director. The programming was mostly venturesome and canny, and the execution impressively lithe, with the ideal chamber blend of precision and rhythmic freedom.

    Still, it was Pérez who stole the show on this occasion with her ripe, chestnut-tinted vocal colorations and seemingly effortless phrasing. In Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise,” the endless skein of melody — arching, falling, rising again to a new crest — sounded at once luxuriant and purposeful. Each turn of phrase and each harmonic shift had somewhere concrete to get to, but the artists were content to let us linger en route just enough to savor the sheer beauty on display.

    Even more gripping was the Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” with a string accompaniment arranged by Clarice Assad. Pérez’s performance superbly tracked the emotional ups and downs of this fraught episode, infusing the composer’s expansive lyrical phrases with a blend of reflectiveness and urgency, and turning the character’s moments of heightened anxiety into something poignant and true. Salerno-Sonnenberg and the ensemble played like an opera orchestra in the making.”
    Joshua Kosman, SF Gate, 18 September 2015 

    “…it helps to have a glamorous guest artist on hand to transform an opening concert into a special event. With soprano Ailyn Perez as vocal soloist, Thursday’s program – which launched the ensemble’s 24th season – yielded the kind of performances that make the leap from the stylish to the sublime. This was especially true in the program’s centerpiece, a performance of Tatiana’s “Letter” aria from Tchaikovsky’s opera “Eugene Onegin.” Perez – who made an indelible impression as Violetta in San Francisco Opera’s 2014 production of “La Traviata” – once again combined vocal luster, emotional expressiveness and dazzling top notes in a performance of considerable dramatic urgency . . . Perez also sounded gorgeous in Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise,” delivering the composer’s “song without words” in an exquisite reading.”
    Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News, 18 September 2015 

    “This haunting introduction set the stage for a most beautiful and moving performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise. Soprano soloist Ailyn Pérez, sang the wordless melody with pure, heartfelt emotion. Pérez glowed on stage and lent the orchestra a calming elegance . . .”
    Be’eri Moalem, San Francisco Classical Voice, 24 September 2015 

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    06 Feb 15 Bizet Carmen
    The Metropolitan Opera

    [Roberto Alagna] had a more energetic, focused partner in the rising soprano Ailyn Pérez, making her Met debut as Micaëla.

    A confident, forthright presence in a role that can fade into merely demure, Ms. Pérez has a penetrating, settled voice. Her tone … is … clear and articulate, and she uses it with intelligence and a sense of purpose.
    The New York Times, 8 February 2015

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    24 Oct 14 Verdi Otello
    Houston Grand Opera

    As Desdemona, Otello’s unjustly accused wife, soprano Ailyn Perez sang with a fullness, warmth and poise that exuded Desdemona’s good-heartedness.
    Steven Brown, Houston Chronicle, 25 Oct 2014

    Ailyn Pérez, a soprano with an exceptionally brilliant vocal color, was the ideal Desdemona: effortlessly beautiful, pure, and sympathetic. Her back-to-back “Willow Song” and “Ave Maria” in the last act conveyed an astounding fragility and transporting splendor.
    Sydney Boyd, Houstonia Magazine, 27 Oct 2014

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    01 Apr 14 Massenet Manon
    Royal Opera House Covent Garden

    “her tone is brightly focused and winning…By the time she got to the gambling den of the Hotel de Transylvanie…she had found her stride, a glamorous demi-mondaine to the life, standing out of the crowd. And her waif-like appearance and plangent singing on the road to Le Havre were truly heart-rending. With Emmanuel Villaume bringing authentic French flavour to Massenet’s score and coaxing idiomatic performances from his American principals, this was altogether a more satisfactory and enjoyable performance than the ‘international’ star-studded initial run two seasons ago”
    Hugh Canning, Opera, April 2014

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    19 Feb 14 Puccini Turandot
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    “There’s a distinguished role debut from Ailyn Pérez as Liu: her luscious, fruity timbre is perfect for Puccini and you completely succumb as her voice tingles up the stave.”
    Neil Fisher, The Times, February 19, 2014

    “Ailyn Perez made a sensational role debut as the slave girl Liu. Using her diminutive physique to her advantage, she cut a tragic figure on stage and used her bright and agile soprano voice to telling effect. As is often the case with this role, she was awarded the biggest ovation of the evening.”
    Keith McDonnell, What’s on Stage, 18th February, 2014 

    “Yet, not for the first time, the show was stolen by the petite lyric soprano as the adorably self-sacrificing slave girl Liu. Ailyn Perez is currently a house favourite, and one could see why: she combines a limpid yet glowing voice with an attractive stage personality and aside from a tiny glitch at the end of “Signore, ascolta”, she floated pianissimi above the stave with spine-tingling ease.”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 18th February 2014 

    “Ailyn Pérez sings with caressing warmth and stylishness as the self-sacrificing slave girl Liù.”
    Warwick Thompson, The Metro, February 18th 2014 

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    24 Jan 14 Wall Street Journal article about Stephen and Ailyn Ailyn and Stephen interview
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    Elisabeth Braw, 23 January 2014

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    19 Nov 13 Tucker Gala
    Avery Fisher Hall

    “The soprano Ailyn Pérez gave a tastefully restrained rendition of Charpentier’s “Depuis le jour,” from “Louise,” in which subtle changes in intensity created a watercolor-like effect. In a deliciously comic scene with her husband and fellow Tucker Prize recipient, Stephen Costello, she showed her sassy side, as Norina played hard to get in “Esulti pur la Barbara,” from “L’Elisir d’Amore.” Each revealed a perfect grasp of comic timing in acting and singing.”
    Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times, 18 November 2013 

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    22 May 13 Verdi Falstaff - Alice Ford
    Glyndebourne Festival Opera

    “The American soprano Ailyn Pérez, who won the 2012 Richard Tucker prize, was making her Glyndebourne debut as Alice Ford, and her creamy, lustrous tone and confident stage presence were ideally suited to this part, as indeed they would be to any of Verdi’s great lyric soprano roles; expect to hear much more from this already very polished artist.”
    OMH review, May 2013 

    “Ailyn Perez’s feisty Alice is a joy, and her voice combines beautifully with Lucia Cirillo’s Meg”
    The Arts Desk, May 2013 

    “Standing out from this fine ensemble, though, was the Alice Ford of Ailyn Pérez, a simply glorious Verdian soprano whose star quality at Glyndebourne proved mesmerising even in the moments when she sang from the wings. Pérez’s soaring, bejewelled lines will live long in the memory and the prospect of following her career in years to come is something to savour.”
    Mark Valencia, Classical Souce, May 2013 

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    17 May 13 CD: Poeme d'un jour (Opus Arte)
    Rosenblatt Recital Series

    Poème d’un jour
    Ailyn Pérez, soprano; Iain Burnside, piano (Opus Arte)

    “Countless women sing the repertoire that Ailyn Pérez performs in opera houses: Mimì in “La Bohème,” Violetta in “La Traviata,” the Countess in “The Marriage of Figaro.” But only a few who bring something extraordinary to those roles achieve recognition that goes far beyond the typical opera sphere. Pérez, who won the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, should be next on that list.

    On a recording of French and Spanish music, Pérez displays a powerful, distinctive tone that is both deep and rosy. She can evoke the feeling of breathless spontaneity and then slip easily, magically up to a soft, exquisitely controlled high note. Two arias from Massenet’s “Manon” show a role to which she is well-suited. The lushness of her voice fits romantic songs by Reynaldo Hahn and the title set by Gabriel Fauré, which she sings sensitively. She also brings character, agility and rich colorings to songs by Joaquin Turina, Fernando Obradors and Manuel de Falla. Iain Burnside provides lively, proficient accompaniment throughout.”

    Ronni Reich, New Jersey News 

    International Record Review
    Mark Pullinger, June 2013

    “There’s a hint of Victoria de los Angeles in the programming and the style of this lovely young American soprano, currently lighting up the stage as Alice Ford in Falstaff at Glyndebourne. Any singer who begins a recital with Hahn’s exquisite neo-baroque A Chloris gets my vote, especially when she sings it with such artless affection. Her Fauré group, Poème d’un jour, is delectably suggestive. Perez’s Spanish sounds entirely idiomatic in Obradors, Turina and Falla. In the Seven Popular Spanish Songs, she rivals de los Angeles with her alternately seductive and anguished manner. Better, though, to have tracked the delicious Manon excerpts as encores.”

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    HC, The Sunday Times, 2 June 2013 

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    24 Mar 13 Verdi Requiem
    La Maison Symphonique de Montréal
    “Soprano Ailyn Pérez (a replacement this evening) was given her chance to shine in the Libera me which brings this work to a close. When she sang alone with the chorus, it was absolutely captivating – such sweet, delicate expressiveness perfectly suited the close of this work. When the final notes died away Nézet-Séguin waited in hushed reverence – was it fifteen seconds or five minutes?”

    Andrew Crust 

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    01 Oct 12 Verdi La Traviata - Violetta
    Cincinnati Opera

    “A strikingly beautiful woman, Perez is eminently suited to Violetta, not only physically but vocally. Her dark tinged voice conveys tragedy, and she has the flexibility to bring off “Sempre libera” which she capped with an E-flat on opening night. It was in the subsequent acts, though, that she particularly excelled, spinning out a thread of sound in “Dite alla giovine” and summoning powerful desparation in he pleas to Alfredo that he love her. Perez’s voice took on a appropriate pallor in the final act, regaining vibrancy in the imagined recovery of her final movements”

    Opera News, October 2012

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    01 Nov 11 Verdi La Traviata - Violetta
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    “The latest cast change, heralding a run of performances over the Christmas period, is first-rate, with an ideal Violetta in Ailyn Perez. The bewitching young American soprano puts her heart into every twist of the drama, from the impetuousness of her love for Alfredo – the world-class Polish tenor Piotr the febrile emergency of her death…her performance was glorious, the quiet passages magical.”
    The Observer, November 2011

    “Poplavskaya is a hard act to follow, but Pérez was tried and tested in the Royal Opera’s tour to Japan just over a year ago, and she has now made the part very much her own…The intense joy and the heavy grief of her music is embodied in a soprano that is supple and strong enough to sustain long passages in the most eloquent and perfectly controlled half-voice…Piotr Beczala, her personable and powerful Alfredo.”
    The Times, November 2011

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    01 Nov 11 Placido Domingo Gala
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    “an entrancing Gilda (Ailyn Perez, in a deserved Covent Garden debut).”
    The Sunday Times, November 2011

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    01 Feb 11 Gounod Romeo et Juliette - Juliette
    Opera Company of Philadelphia

    “But the chief attraction is the casting of America’s fastest-rising husband-and-wife opera stars in the title roles: tenor Stephen Costello and soprano Ailyn Perez. Young, attractive singers who are proud alumnae of the Academy’s training program, they made the performance a memorable one…

    Perez’s lyric soprano is pure and honeyed in tone, and she deploys it with elegance and tenderness…

    In the four duets Gounod wrote for the star-crossed lovers, her voice blended together beautifully with Costello’s.

    Perez is also a natural actress, embodying both Juliette’s girlish high spirits and her growing maturity under the influence of love.”

    Associated Press, February 2011

    “Pérez captured the persona, with insouciance and glamor. Her voice has coloratura brightness (she was an excellent Lucia when she was a student at the Academy of Vocal Arts) and richer color than ever before.”
    Opera Critic, February 2011



I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Giulietta)

Carmen (Micaëla)
Les pêcheurs de perles (Leila)

Don Pasquale (Norina)
L’elisir d’amore (Adina)

Rusalka (title role)

Faust (Marguerite)
Roméo et Juliette (Juliette)

Pagliacci (Nedda)*

Thaïs (title role)
Manon (title role)

Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi)
Die Zauberflöte (Pamina)
Don Giovanni (Donna Anna)
Idomeneo (Ilia)
Le nozze di Figaro (Countess)

Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Four Heroines)

La voix humaine
Les dialogues des Carmelites (Blanche)

La bohème (Mimi, Musetta)
La rondine (Magda)
Le Villi  (Anna)
Suor Angelica (Angelica)
Turandot (Liu)

Guillaume Tell (Mathilde)

Eugene Onegin (Tatyana)

Ernani (Elvira)
Falstaff (Alice Ford)
La Traviata (Violetta)
Otello (Desdemona)
Simon Boccanegra (Amelia)


Mass in C*

Ein Deutsches Requiem



Nelson Mass*

Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 8



Carmina Burana




Stabat Mater

Mass no.5

Vier letzte Lieder


Bachianas Brasileiras