Canadian-born soprano Linda Perillo has been acclaimed in North America, in Europe, and further afield as one of the great sopranos specializing in the Baroque repertoire. Her voice has been called "gorgeous and radiant ... marvelously controlled and expressive", "highly sensitive and cultivated", and again "delightfully bright and discreetly sensuous - radiating a contagious joy in singing".
Linda Perillo has studied in Canada, England and France. Her career in North America has included appearances with period-instrument ensembles and with symphony orchestras, from Tafelmusik in Toronto and the Vancouver Cantata Singers to the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, from the Montreal Symphony and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra to the National Arts Orchestra in Ottawa. After a recent performance of a Monteverdi programme in Vancouver, one critic wrote, "Linda Perillo gave a display of Baroque vocal artistry at its most sublime ... singing that was both impressive and moving".
Her career in Europe includes solo appearances in France with La Grande Ecurie under Jean-Claude Malgoire and with la Chapelle Royale under Phillipe Herreweghe, with whom she recorded works by Delalande for Hamonia Mundi. She has performed with Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert in Europe, Finland and Argentina, recording with them Purcell's 'King Arthur' for Deutsche Grammophon's Archiv label. She is much in demand in Germany for opera, oratorio and recitals.
In 1999 Miss Perillo, immensely popular in Israel, performed no less than 27 concerts there as soloist with the Israel Camerata.
Miss Perillo, who lives in London, has sung in most Western European countries as well as in Poland, Croatia, and the Phillippines. Although her repertoire is mainly from the Baroque period she also gives Lieder recitals, has performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, appeared with the Hilliard Ensemble in concerts of music by Arvo Part in Italy, and in the Winnipeg New Music Festival.