OC's stateside, pacing big-a$$ museums and evenly-kerned sidewalks and nibbling pumpkin spice versions of every food & beverage that exists. For Grazia.it, we're all about Mexicans -- Rolando Villazón & Ailyn Pérez -- who both recently-celebrated NYC performances.
Rolando was one of four soloists (with Marina Poplavskaya, Christine Rice & Mikhail Petrenko) who made this Milan-x-Jersey girl happy with Verdi's Requiem Mass (which premiered at San Marco church, blocks from OC's Brera home) to usher-in Yannick Nézet-Séguin's successful Carnegie Hall debut with his Philadelphia Orchestra. You can read about it, in Italian, on Grazia.it here.Then we slammed back an interview with Ailyn Pérez from Miami, where she had been preparing to sing the La bohème lead at the Florida Grand Opera (which opened earlier tonight). Between gown fittings and jewelry-curating (at Cartier #diva4lyfe) she chatted about preparations for the 2012 Annual Richard Tucker Gala that bowed on November 11 as the first Latina winner to scoop-up the award, shadows of Hollywood's and opera's great Latina & Latino stars. Read about it here on Grazia.it, but sure, click below for the English translation and look up at her stunning gown.