Soprano Ailyn Pérez receives 2017 Sphinx Medal of Excellence

image by Rebecca Flay

image by Rebecca Flay

Soprano Ailyn Pérez has been named a recipient of the 2017 Sphinx Medal of Excellence. This tremendous honor is given annually by the Sphinx Organization to three artists of color who demonstrate the following qualities: artistic excellence, outstanding work ethic, a spirit of determination, and ongoing commitment to leadership. Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins and conductor Eugene Rogers are the other recipients of the 2017 Medals.

The awards will be bestowed at the official Sphinx Medals of Excellence luncheon, and honorees will be celebrated at a black-tie private dinner in Washington, D.C. next spring. The three Medalists will also each receive a $50,000 artist grant for their career development. Read more about the Sphinx Organization and its mission at, and details on the award via Sphinx on Constant Contact.

Hailed by the New York Times as “a beautiful woman who commands the stage” and “a major soprano,” Ailyn Pérez is increasingly in demand at leading international venues. Recent honours include The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016 Beverly Sills Award, the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award, and the 2012 Richard Tucker Award (thereby becoming the only Hispanic recipient in the award’s 35-year history).

Ms. Pérez’s 2016-17 season includes return engagements at The Met (Mimì / La bohème), Staatsoper Berlin (Violetta / La Traviata), and at the Teatro alla Scala as Violetta and Mimì. She also debuts as Giulietta (I Capuleti e I Montecchi) at Opera di Oviedo, and presents recitals for the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, Malta’s Three Palaces Festival, and Wolf Trap Foundation USA.

Ailyn Pérez is a graduate of Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts and Indiana University. Her numerous accolades include the George London Foundation’s Leonie Rysanek Award, Shoshana Foundation Career Grant (2007), 2nd place in the 2006 Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition, and honors from the Loren L. Zachary Foundation, Opera Index, and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. She is a proud Advisory Board member for Time In, an acclaimed arts education and outreach initiative based in New York City.

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