dateAugust 28, 2007
categoryOpera Carolina News
News of Ailyn Pérez
I am happy to tell you that Ailyn Pérez will make her Salzburg debut as Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette during the 2008 Festival. (Her fiancé Stephen Costello will also be there that summer as Cassio in Otello.)
This season, she joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera where she will cover the roles of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Gretel in Hansel und Gretel. She will also be heard as Susanna with Michigan Opera Theater and in a London recital debut on the prestigious Rosenblatt Recital Series.
"Soprano Ailyn Pérez came on board only two months before the season opened, yet her Violetta revealed a magnificently assured artist, with ample vocal resources and a magnetic stage presence."
Judith Malafronte, Opera News, September 2007
"In fact, before Pérez stopped me in my tracks, I was considering how only she, among decades of excellent Susannas, had fully shown me how 'Deh vieni' can at once be a cruel charade and a rapturous love song to Figaro."
David Shengold, Opera, September 2007
"As the Count and Susanna, Paulo Szot and Ailyn Pérez were marvelous... And Pérez made Susanna sweet but still nobody's fool. Her handling of "Deh vieni, non tardar" was particularly memorable; as she floated up to a ravishing B-flat, one could feel Ketelsen's Figaro squirming in anguish."
Wayman Chin, Opera News, July 2007