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The Santa Fe Desert Chorale presents Ailyn Pérez and Gary Matthewman In Recital
“The phrase ‘an embarrassment of riches’ might have been invented to describe the combination of talents that belong to Ailyn Pérez, … who truly seems to have it all." - Opera News
“A beautiful woman who commands the stage” and “a major soprano” - The New York Times
Drawing from the repertoire featured on her critically-acclaimed debut recital album titled Poème d’un jour, the Mexican-American soprano will sing art songs by Spanish composers Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), Fernando Obradors (1897-1945) and Joaquín Turina (1882-1949), Venezuelan composer Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947), and French composer Gabriel Fauré (1845-1946).
The winner of both the 2012 Richard Tucker Award and the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award, Ailyn Pérez has performed leading roles at major opera house worldwide, including: the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Dallas Opera, Local audiences will recall her Marguerite in Faust – her Santa Fe Opera debut in 2011. The popular soprano returns to Santa Fe Opera in Summer 2016 as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette.
“Gary Matthewman...a tactful and sensitive accompanist but not lacking either presence or character.” - Classicalsource.com
The prelude and postlude to each song were invariably scene-stealers. Matthewman is a name new to me, but if this recital is any gauge of his potential, I have a feeling we are going to hear a lot more of him." - Financial Times
One of the U.K.’s leading collaborative pianists, he has performed with vocalists Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Sumi Jo, Nuccia Focile, Mark Padmore, and Kate Lindsey, among many others. His discography includes numerous live broadcasts and recordings for BBC Radio 3. His recent recording of Schubert's Winterreise with Matthew Rose was featured as Gramophone Magazine's Recording of the Month and BBC Radio 3's Disc of the Week.
Important Note: For premium tickets, including a post-performance reception with the artists, please contact the Santa Fe Desert Chorale Concierge at (505)988-2282 ext. 1.