Ailyn Pérez

Hispanic-American soprano Ailyn Pérez made her San Francisco Opera debut in the title role of 2009’s La Traviata. Winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, her engagements this season include Mimì (La Bohème) at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater and Florida Grand Opera, Countess Almaviva and Violetta Valéry at the Hamburg State Opera, and Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) with the Vienna State Opera. Other career highlights include Violetta at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and in Hamburg; Amelia (Simon Boccanegra) at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Berlin State Opera, and Zurich Opera; Mimì with Los Angeles Opera and in Zurich; Suzel (L’Amico Fritz) in Moscow; Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Countess Almaviva at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival; Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with the Dallas Opera; the title role of Manon in Valencia; Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) in Philadelphia; Marguerite (Faust) with San Diego Opera; Leïla (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) in Santiago, Chile; and the Four Heroine’s (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She is a recipient of the George London Foundation’s Leonie Rysanek Award, a 2007 winner of a Shoshana Foundation Career Grant, placed second in the 2006 Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition, and was previously lauded by the Loren L. Zachary Foundation, Opera Index, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation.