Press Release

May 20, 2020

Memorial For Us All Interfaith Collaboration Continues with Featured Artists: Kelli O’Hara – Sunday, May 24 at 6pm ET; Ailyn Pérez – Sunday, May 31 at 6pm ET

Lincoln Center News

Memorial For Us All

Interfaith Collaboration Continues with Featured Artists:


Kelli O’Hara – Sunday, May 24 at 6pm ET

Ailyn Pérez – Sunday, May 31 at 6pm ET


Weekly Broadcast Honors Those Lost During COVID-19 Pandemic


NEW YORK, NY (May 20, 2020) – Broadway legend Kelli O’Hara (previously announced) and opera star Ailyn Pérez will lead the fourth and fifth Memorial For Us All broadcasts on Sunday, May 24 and Sunday, May 31 at 6:00 pm ET, respectively.


In the midst of this unprecedented pandemic, while many rituals we hold dear are no longer possible, Memorial For Us All offers unity, comfort, and healing through music, an art form intertwined with so many of our most beloved rituals around the world.


Anyone who has lost a loved one during this pandemic is invited to submit the name of a friend or family member to be honored here. Since the Memorial For Us All launch on May 3 with a remembrance led by Wynton Marsalis, community members from New York City and beyond have submitted more than 1,350 names of loved ones to be remembered on the broadcasts.


Memorial For Us All

All tributes are available on Lincoln Center’s Instagram, Facebook and YouTube pages, and on-demand at Lincoln Center’s website, here.


Artists Featured:

Wynton Marsalis (May 3)

Yo-Yo Ma (May 10)

Norm Lewis (May 17)

Kelli O’Hara (May 24)

Ailyn Pérez (May 31)

Sundays at 6:00pm ET


Organizational Partners:

The Interfaith Center of New York

New York Disaster Interfaith Services

Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

The Center for Faith and Community Partnerships, NYC Office of the Mayor

The New York Board of Rabbis

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Jazz at Lincoln Center


Download video, artwork, and images HERE.


Additional artists will be announced in the coming days.


About Kelli O’Hara

Stage and screen star Kelli O’Hara has established herself as one of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Grammy, Drama League, Outer Critics, and Oliver nominations. She reprised the role while making her West End debut and performed a limited engagement at Tokyo’s Orb Theatre.


Ms. O’Hara also received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Katie Bonner in the hit web series The Accidental Wolf. Other film and television credits include the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, All The Bright Places, Peter Pan Live!, Sex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, Blue Bloods, N3mbers, and the animated series Car Talk.


Other Broadway credits include Kiss Me Kate (Tony, Drama League, OCC nominations), The Bridges of Madison County (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Sweet Smell of Success, Follies, Dracula, and Jekyll & Hyde. She was awarded the prestigious Drama League’s Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award in 2019.


In 2015, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Lehár’s The Merry Widow and returned as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Her concerts have gained international acclaim, spanning from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo. She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts, The Kennedy Center Honors and performs often alongside The New York Philharmonic.


Along with two Grammy nominations, her solo albums, Always and Wonder in the World, are available on Ghostlight Records. Ms. O’Hara is a member of Lincoln Center's newly formed Artist Committee.


About Ailyn Pérez

Hailed by the New York Times as “a beautiful woman who commands the stage” and “a major soprano,” Ailyn Pérez is in demand at the world’s leading opera houses and cultural capitals. She has won both the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, thereby becoming the first Hispanic recipient in the award’s 35-year history. As Opera News observes, “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.”


Career highlights include Violetta in La traviata for Opernhaus Zürich, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Teatro all Scala Milan, and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where she was hailed as “an ideal Violetta” (Observer, UK). Pérez then went on to appear at Covent Garden in the same season, as the title role in Massenet’s Manon, and for her role debut as Liù in Turandot. Other highlights include Thaïs, Mimì and Musetta in La bohème and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera; Adina in L’elisir d’amore for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper and Washington National Opera; Countess in Le nozze di Figaro for Houston Grand Opera (having made her house debut as Desdemona in Otello in 2015); Violetta and title role Manon on a tour of Japan with the Royal Opera House; Tatyana Bakst in the World Premiere of Jake Heggie’s Great Scott and Manon for Dallas Opera; house debuts at the Bolshoi Theatre as Mimì in La bohème and at Glyndebourne as Alice Ford; Countess in Le nozze di Figaro and Marguerite Faust for Hamburgische Staatsoper; Marguerite in Faust in Santa Fe and Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra at Teatro alla Scala, the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and opposite Leo Nucci at Opernhaus Zürich.


In concert Ailyn has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Mozart’s Requiem with Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Essen Philharmoniker. In recent seasons Ailyn has sung opposite Carreras, Bocelli and with Plácido Domingo in gala concerts at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and has made guest appearances at several gala concerts for the Metropolitan Opera. Ailyn has also appeared in recital at London’s Rosenblatt Recitals, at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and for Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Her debut album, Poème d’un jour (a program of French and Italian songs on the Opus Arte label) was released to rave reviews; with the UK’s Independent newspaper awarding it five stars, while International Record Review confessed, “Every so often, a singer comes along who completely bowls you over.”




Lincoln Center at Home is made possible by The Audrey and Martin Gruss Discovery Fund. Additional support is provided by PGIM, the Global Investment Management Business of Prudential Financial, Inc., Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser,
Comcast NBCUniversal and Lincoln Center’s generous donors and supporters.


Lincoln Center’s artistic excellence is made possible by the dedication and generosity of our board members.


Public support for Lincoln Center is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Gonzalo Casals, Commissioner, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

and the New York State Legislature.


NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center






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