An Illinois native, Ms. Pérez is a graduate of The Academy of Vocal Arts and Indiana University. She won Second Prize in the 2006 Operalia Competition in Valencia, Spain. This season, she made her debut with Los Angeles Opera as Amor in the world premiere of Lee Holdridge's Concierto para Mendez. Recently, she portrayed Anne Trulove in the critically acclaimed production of The Rake's Progress, with the Merola Opera Program. Her memorable performance in the Schwabacher Debut Recital Series was hailed as a "tour de force" by the San Francisco Chronicle. For AVA she has portrayed the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Papagena in The Magic Flute, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Suzel in L'amico Fritz, Mimì in La bohème, Despina in Così fan tutte, Anna in Le villi and Gilda in Rigoletto. She made her professional debut at Palm Beach Opera, where she sang Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Soeur Constance in Les dialogues des Carmelites. Recent engagements include Gilda in Rigoletto for Opera Delaware and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte at Palm Beach Opera. This past July, Ms. Pérez was heard in the role of Juliette in Roméo et Juliette and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Wolf Trap Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Pérez has won awards for both her operatic singing and recital performances. Most recently, she was a first-prize winner in the 2006 George London Foundation Competition, winning the Leonie Rysanek Award. In 2005, she placed second at the Loren L. Zachary Competition, and received an encouragement award from Opera Index, in addition to placing second at the Metropolitan Opera Council Mid-Atlantic Regional Finals. She was a finalist in the 2004 Hans-Gabor Belvedere Competition (Vienna) and was awarded second place from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation in 2004. She was also a recipient of Indiana University's prize for Interpretation of Songs from Spain and Latin America. Future engagements include Gilda in Rigoletto with Opera Carolina, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with both Boston Lyric Opera and Michigan Opera Theater in 2007, Marzelline in Fidelio with Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the four heroines in The Tales of Hoffman with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She will also sing in 7-city tour of the United States and Mexico with Andrea Bocelli.