Richard Tucker rising stars

“Fast-rising lyric soprano Ailyn Pérez and “ardent, effortless vocalizing” Stephen Costello made two concert appearances together in New York and Washington on behalf of the Richard Tucker Foundation this November.

Ailyn Pérez won the foundation’s top honour, the Rickard Tucker Award, for 2012. This same award was given to Ailyn’s husband, tenor Stephen Costello, in 2009. The couple performed at the Tucker Gala with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, conducted by Patrick Summers, in New York’s Avery Fisher Hall on 10 November. The gala, which Ms. Pérez opened with the scene from Massenet’s Manon featured many other stellar names in opera including Ailyn’s husband, Stephen Costello, and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovksy. Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello, both of whom have numerous future invitations to the Metropolitan Opera, impressed critics and audiences with the duet from Mascagni’s romantic comedy L’Amico Fritz and the finale to Act 2 of Verdi’s La Traviata:
“Her voice has a distinctive timbre, with plaintive richness blended into its youthful bloom… Ms. Pérez, a beautiful woman who commands the stage, has the makings of a major soprano.”
New York Times, 12th November 2012 

“Mr. Costello was in his element, his voice virile and fresh, yet meltingly lyrical.”
New York Times, 12th November 2012 

The starry couple then performed together again a week later in Washington. The audience at the Supreme Court included the Supreme Court Justices: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Madame Justice Sotomayor, Justice Scalia, Justice Kennedy, Madame Justice Kagan, Justice Alito and Chief Justice Roberts. These Musicale concerts are a  tradition which was inaugurated in 1988 by Justice Blackmun, who passed the baton to Justice O’Connor when he retired. They are now organized by Justice Ginsburg.


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