Many congratulations to soprano Ailyn Pérez who was yesterday named the recipient of the 11th annual Beverly Sills Artist Award. Presented by the Metropolitan Opera, the $50,000 award is given to “extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have already appeared in featured solo roles at the Met”.
Ailyn made her Met debut in 2015 as Micaëla in ‘Carmen’ alongside Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna, and will sing her first Musetta in ‘La bohème’ next week.
Given in honour of the late American soprano Beverly Sills, the award aims to help further recipients’ careers, and has previously been awarded to, among others, Joyce DiDonato (2007), Nathan Gunn (2006), Brian Hymel (2013) and Isabel Leonard (2011).
Ailyn says: “I am so deeply honored to receive this year’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, and also to have an artistic home at the Metropolitan Opera. For me and so many others, Beverly Sills’ legacy is an inspiration. She presented the operatic voice as something we could be fascinated and awed by, and with her great sense of humor, she was “Bubbles,” the Diva we could all relate to. I also feel a great responsibility to be an active part of continuing that tradition, and to find innovative ways to engage new audiences through social media and working in our schools. Opera will survive and thrive if we embrace it as an important part of our collective culture.”
Full press release here.