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12 April 2012

Soprano Ailyn Pérez Named as Winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Award

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Soprano Ailyn Pérez has been named as the winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Award — a prize which confers a cash award of $30,000 and is annually bestowed by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation to an American opera singer at the threshold of a major international career. 

Pérez, who is the first Latin American singer to receive the award in the thirty-four year history of the the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, joins a group of past winners that includes Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee and Angela Meade. In 2009, the Richard Tucker Award was given to Pérez's husband, tenor Stephen Costello. 

"We are thrilled to be giving the Richard Tucker Award to Ailyn Pérez, a wonderful young soprano who sings with incredible beauty and heart," said Barry Tucker, president of the foundation and the son of the eponymous American tenor. "I first heard Ailyn singing La Traviata at our auditions and was really impressed and moved, and I got to know her much better when Stephen Costello, her husband, won the Richard Tucker Award three years ago. We are so happy to be able to recognize her talent today. I know she will make the Richard Tucker Foundation proud."

Born in Chicago, Pérez earned degrees in vocal performance from Indiana University and Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts. In May, Pérez will sing the role of Mimì to Costello's Rodolfo in Los Angeles Opera performances of La Bohème and, in June, she will sing Violetta in Cincinnati Opera performances of Traviata, alongside Costello's Alfredo. spacer 

More information can be found at AilynPerez.com and in the OperaNews.com Archives.

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