The American soprano Ailyn Pérez won the Richard Tucker Award in 2012 and the Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition in 2006. She received the Beverly Sills Award in 2016 and a Sphinx Medal of Excellence in 2017. She sang the role of Violetta Valery (La Traviata) at the Zurich Opera, the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Berlin Staatsoper, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the San Francisco Opera, Milan’s La Scala and the Royal Opera House in London where she also sang the title role in Manon and made her role debut as Liù in Turandot. She has also performed the roles of Mimi (La Bohème), Thaïs (Thaïs), the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) and Alice Ford (Falstaff) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; Adina (L’elisir d’amore) in Munich, Berlin, Vienna and Washington; the Countess and Desdemona (Otello) in Houston; Alice Ford at Glyndebourne; Marguerite (Faust) in Hamburg, Chicago and Santa Fe; Amelia Grimaldi (Simon Boccanegra) at Milan’s La Scala, the Zurich Opera and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, and Mimi at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. More recently, she made role debuts as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) in Houston and Elvira (Ernani) at Milan’s La Scala and appeared at the Paris Opera in La Traviata. Her roster of roles also includes Micaela (Carmen) at London’s Royal Opera House, the title role in Manon at the Vienna Staatsoper, and Magda (La Rondine) at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples as well as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Ailyn Pérez also sings in concert under the baton of numerous conductors, including Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Verdi’s Requiem), Antonio Pappano (Mozart’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony N°2), Gustavo Dudamel (Beethoven’s Mass in C Major), Emmanuel Villaume (Strauss’s Four Last Songs), and Edward Gardner (Verdi’s Requiem).