Created to promote cultural understanding across continents, Opera for Peace works to develop the next generation of opera professionals to become ambassadors of important values, acting as a positive influence on society and future generations. During a week in April 2023, Opera for Peace brought together a group of diverse young artists from across the globe in Paris to learn from each other and from a selection of their artist Ambassadors, the greatest artists of today. This film features six singers who followed masterclasses with Opera for Peace Ambassadors soprano, Ailyn Pérez and tenor, Brian Jagde.
American soprano Ailyn Pérez has sung on all the major opera stages of the world, and she was the first Hispanic recipient of the Richard Tucker Award. Ailyn has performed the role of Violetta Valéry (La traviata) at Opernhaus Zürich, Staatsoper Hamburg, Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Bayerische Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. She appeared as Alice Ford in the OperaVision stream of Falstaff from Florence. She will debut in the title roles of Florencia en el Amazonas (Metropolitan Opera) and Madama Butterfly (Teatro di San Carlo) in the 23/24 season.
Heralded internationally as an artist with ‘a remarkable future’ (Opera World), American tenor Brian Jagde is has a celebrated career on the world’s leading opera stages. In Germany, Brian has had lead roles at Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Bayerische Staatsoper. At Wiener Staatsoper and London’s Royal Opera House he has sung several roles, including Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur. In the 23/24 season Brian will return to Covent Garden and Metropolitan Opera as Don Alvaro in Verdi’s La forza del destino, followed by his house debut at Teatro alla Scala.
Soprano and Opera for Peace Ambassador
Tenor and Opera for Peace Ambassador
Pianist and Opera for Peace Artistic & Musical Director
Arias from Don Pasquale (Quel guardo il cavaliere), Lucia di Lammermoor (Tombe degli avi miei), La Clemenza di Tito (Parto parto), Le Nozze di Figaro (Se vuol ballare), Louise (Depuis le jour), Tosca (Recondita Armonia).