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Ailyn Pérez



Ailyn Pérez in action.
Ailyn Pérez in La traviata, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2011

In the 2013/14 Season American soprano Ailyn Pérez sings Liù (Turandot), Violetta Valéry (La traviata) and the title role in Manon for The Royal Opera. Pérez made her Royal Opera debut on the Company's 2011Japan tour, stepping in to sing Violetta in place of an indisposed Ermonela Jaho. Pérez went on to sing Violetta with The Royal Opera at Covent Garden in the 2011/12 Season, including one performance with her husband, Stephen Costello, as Alfredo. The pair will sing together in La traviata again in the 2013/14 Season.

Pérez was born in Chicago to Mexican-American parents and studied at Indiana University, the Merola Opera Program of San Francisco Opera and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She fell in love with opera through La traviata, and Violetta has become one of her signature roles; she has sung it for companies including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Hamburg State Opera and Vienna State Opera. Her other important roles include Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra) in Zürich, Marguerite (Faust) in Hamburg and Santa Fe, Mimì (La bohème) in Los Angeles and at the Bolshoi, Juliette (Roméo et Juliette, with Costello as Romeo) in Philadelphia, Adina (L’elisir d’amore) for Vienna State Opera, Countess Almaviva (La nozze di Figaro) in Hamburg and Alice Ford (Falstaff) for Glyndebourne Festival.

Pérez also regularly appears in recital in London and the USA, both solo and with Stephen Costello.


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Ermonela Jaho replaced by Ailyn Pérez for La traviata on Friday 20 January

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19 January 2012

We’ve just learned that Ermonela Jaho has withdrawn from tomorrow night’s performance of La traviata as unfortunately she is unwell.