Soprano Ailyn Pérez Soars at the Met with Diverse Roles
In the world of opera, few names resonate quite like Ailyn Pérez. Known for her versatile range and captivating performances, Pérez has established herself as a favorite at New York’s Metropolitan Opera (the Met). With an impressive career that spans a wide repertoire of roles, she has become one of the most sought-after sopranos of our time.
Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, has been an ardent supporter of Pérez throughout her journey, praising her growth and development with each passing season. Her performances have consistently garnered acclaim from audiences and critics alike, solidifying her reputation as a powerhouse on the opera stage.
However, the road to success has not always been smooth for Pérez. In the spring of 2020, she was set to perform in Verdi’s famous opera “Simon Boccanegra.” Unfortunately, the global pandemic took a toll on the performing arts industry, leading to the closure of many theaters, including the Met. Pérez, like countless other artists, felt devastated by the sudden disruption of her career.
In this trying time, Pérez found solace in her relationship with bass-baritone Soloman Howard, whom she had met in Santa Fe back in 2016. The two began dating in 2019 and proved to be a source of strength and support for each other during the pandemic. Sheltering together in Chicago, they created a harmonious environment where Pérez could continue pursuing her passion. Howard, also a talented musician, helped Pérez record music from their home, adding his creative touch to her performances.
One notable collaboration between the couple was a video performance of “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s opera “Rusalka.” The stunning rendition showcased Pérez’s ethereal vocals, perfectly complemented by Howard’s artistic direction. The video received widespread acclaim, becoming a testament to the couple’s resilience and determination in the face of adversity.
As live opera gradually resumed, Pérez made a triumphant return to the stage. She was selected as the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, an emotionally charged performance that commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Her rendition left audiences captivated and moved, earning effusive praise from Gelb and renowned conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who described it as “a performance for the ages.”
With her unwavering dedication, impressive talent, and enduring spirit, Ailyn Pérez continues to pave the way for aspiring opera singers in Pakistan and around the world. Her success story serves as an inspiration to all, reminding us of the power of resilience and passion even in the face of adversity.
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