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Artist of the Week: Ailyn Pérez
25.11.2022

American Soprano Makes Role Debut in ‘Don Carlo’

By Francisco Salazar
On Nov. 26, the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli is set to open its 2022-23 season with a new production of “Don Carlo” featuring an all-star cast. In that cast, Ailyn Pérez will make her role debut as Elisabetta adding another pivotal Verdi role to her repertoire.

Over the years Pérez has slowly added Verdi works to her repertoire starting with Gilda, her first role, and following with her acclaimed Violetta in “La Traviata,” which she has performed at the Royal Opera House, The Teatro alla Scala, and the Bayerische Staatsoper, among other houses. She has since added Desdemona in “Otello,” Verdi’s Requiem, and Alice Ford in “Falstaff,” which OperaWire praised noting she “put on one of her more nuanced performances at the Met. Her lush soprano was a perfect fit for Verdi’s soaring lines.” With Elisabetta, the soprano continues to build on the dramatic repertoire.

For audiences not in Napoli, the opera will be broadcast on Rai 5 at a later date.

Elisabetta is not the only role the soprano is adding this season. Pérez will also add the role of Blanche in “Dialogues des Carmélites” and the title role of “Rusalka.” Audiences will also get to relive her Alice Ford at the Metropolitan Opera which will also be her HD debut. She will also reprise her Mimì at the Opéra de Paris and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Recordings
For audiences wanting to experience Pérez’s artistry, you can watch DVD of “Falstaff” from the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, “Great Scott” from the Dallas Opera, and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” from the Dutch National Opera.

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