Ms. Sierra’s 2018/19 season has just been announced! Featuring a mix of opera roles and concerts, her season brings her all around Europe, the United States, and Mexico. She reprises the role of Nannetta in Falstaff at the Staatsoper Berlin, Gilda in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera, makes her highly anticipated house and role debut as Manon at the Opéra national de Bordeaux. She also performs Gilda, one of her signature roles, in Staatsoper Berlin’s new production of Rigoletto, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Her concert schedule includes Maria in a concert-version of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story with Antonio Pappano at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and newly appointed Metropolitan Opera Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Teatro La Fenice’s televised Capodanno celebration, the Richard Tucker Gala at Carnegie Hall, and her concert debuts in Prague, Bordeaux, and Baden-Baden. She joins Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden in NYC, TD Garden in Boston, PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and will return to Paris, Dallas, and Mexico City to give solo concerts. As always, she will be taking her fans with her behind-the-scenes via social media. The full schedule is available here.
The title and release date of Ms. Sierra’s debut album, “There’s a Place for Us,” was announced today. Recorded in London last year, this eagerly awaited album is set to be released on August 24th this year. The album’s title, taken from Bernstein’s West Side Story, sets the theme for the album: celebrating diversity yet unity and inclusion:
“This album was actually inspired by you…each and every one of you! It celebrates the incredible differences in all of us, from every and all walks of life, and how combining those unique qualities can bring us together as human beings. That togetherness can accomplish and create anything we allow our world to; no matter what others in power may say at the present moment. Art, music, and culture can act as warriors for these beliefs, support the idea of unity, and break down prejudice barriers currently associated with our world,” Ms. Sierra said when asked about the inspiration for the album.
Soprano Nadine Sierra has been named the winner of the 13 th annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the MetropolitanOpera. The $50,000 award, the largest of its kind in the United States, is given to extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have already appeared in featured solo roles at the Met. The award, given in honor of Beverly Sills, was established in 2006 by an endowment gift from the late Agnes Varis, a managing director on the Met board. In 2009 Sierra became the youngest ever winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has gone on to make her mark at the Met with memorable performances in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di
Figaro, Idomeneo and Don Giovanni. In the Met’s 2018-19 season, Sierra will reprise the role of Gilda in Rigoletto.
Met General Manger Peter Gelb presented Sierra with the award today, saying: “Nadine is a most deserving recipient. I’m sure that Beverly would have been pleased
with our choice.”
The Sills Award was created to help further recipients’ careers, including funding for voice lessons, vocal coaching, language lessons, related travel costs, and other professional assistance. Sills, who passed away in 2007, was well known as a supporter and friend to developing young artists, and this award continues her legacy as an advocate for rising singers. The 29-year- old Sierra is the 13 th recipient of the award, following baritone Nathan Gunn in 2006, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in 2007, tenor Matthew Polenzani in 2008, bass John Relyea in 2009, soprano Susanna Phillips in 2010, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard in 2011, soprano Angela Meade in 2012, tenor Brian Hymel in 2013, tenor Michael Fabiano in 2014, baritone Quinn Kelsey in 2015, soprano Ailyn Pérez in 2016, and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton in 2017.
Nadine Sierra comments:
“This award is a true gift to singers because it honors not only
a beautiful artist in Beverley Sills, but treasures the legacy she left behind. It’s not enough
to say that I’m honored to be receiving it, but more that I feel incredibly humbled. Opera
can and should belong to anyone who has the pleasure of witnessing its timeless beauty. I
believe Ms. Sills, through all of her achievements and generosity of sharing this music
with people around the world for many decades, would certainly agree. I’m very thankful
to the Metropolitan Opera for selecting me as the recipient of such a meaningful and
Ms. Sierra travels to Mexico this spring to perform in two concerts in the capital, Mexico City, on May 2nd and 3rd. This marks her long-awaited debut in the country, after the previously scheduled concert was canceled due to the earth quake last year. The program consists of arias by Verdi, Donizetti, Mozart, Puccini, and Gounod among others, and will be performed with orchestra, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto. Tickets and additional information are available here.
Ms. Sierra’s summer 2018 schedule has just been announced, and includes engagements at several prominent festivals in the United States. Her 2017/2018 opera season ends in Paris, where she performs the role of Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in a new production at the Opéra national de Paris. Ms. Sierra returns to the United States after the final performance on July 12th, and flies to California to perform at the Festival Napa Valley. There, she opens the festival, performing at the gala concert alongside tenor Bryan Hymel. Tickets for this gala event on July 20th are available here. Two performances at the Ravinia Festival are next. The first, entitled Bernstein and Friends, is on August 10th. Ms. Sierra performs with American tenor Michael Fabiano, accompanied by pianist Kevin Murphy. She performs again the following day with another American tenor, Matthew Polenzani, this time singing a selection of Italian arias with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of James Conlon. Tickets to this event are available here. Ms. Sierra finishes her summer season with a gala performance at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts. One of many star performers, this fundraising gala evening is on August 25th, and includes performances by Thomas Hampson, Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Michael Tilson Thomas, Susan Graham, Isabel Leonard and others. Andris Nelsons, Keith Lockhart, and John Williams conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Sierra makes her role debut as Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff at the Staatsoper Berlin on March 25th. This will be the second Verdi role that Ms. Sierra adds to her repertoire having sung Gilda from Verdi’s Rigoletto multiple times throughout the world. Barenboim conducts Verdi’s final opera based on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Michael Volle sings the title role, Alfredo Daza the role of Ford, Francesco Demuro the role of Fenton, and Jürgen Sacher the role of Dr. Cajus. The wives are played by Barbara Frittoli as Alice Ford, Daniela Barcellona as Mrs. Quickly, and Katharina Kammerloher as Meg Page. Italian film, theater and opera director Mario Martone has created this production.
Ms. Sierra made her debut in Berlin in 2016 in the role of Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and is delighted to return. Performances are March 25th, 28th and April 1st. Tickets can be purchased here.
After starting the year in New York City, singing the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at The Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Sierra turns her attention to recital and concert work in the United States, and in Europe. On February 9th, she embarks on a three-date tour of the East Coast of the United States with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. Ms. Sierra sings a mix of duets and arias with the star tenor. Broadway and TV star Kristin Chenoweth will also be joining the tour. The first show is in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 9th, and continues on to Sierra’s native Florida, with performances in Miami on February 11th, and Tampa on February 14th. Ms. Sierra will be holding a contest for a pair of tickets and pre-show meet-and-greet for each of the concerts via her social media channels. Next, she performs in two recitals at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City with pianist Bryan Wagorn, on February 16th and 18th. Strauss, Villa Lobos, Barber, and Bernstein are among the composers featured. Rome is next on the agenda, where she performs in Bernstein’s Kaddish, with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Conducted by Anthony Pappano, Sierra is joined by Dame Josephine Barstow as the narrator. Performances will be held February 22nd, 23rd and 24th, and tickets may be purchased here.
In advance of her recital on January 28th at The Dallas Opera, Ms. Sierra conducted an interview with Noches de Ópera that was translated for the Spanish speaking community:
¿Así o más Hermosa? Y esperen a oírla cantar. Nadine Sierra cantará este domingo 28 de enero en el Moody Performance Hall de Dallas como parte del Titus Art Song Recital Series. Una oportunidad única para escuchar a una de las sopranos más talentosas de la última década.
Nadine compartió con Noches de Ópera un poquito de su infancia, sus rituales para cuidar su voz, y los maestros que han dejado huella en su formación artística. ¡Brava, Nadine!
1. Cuéntanos un poquito sobre tu infancia y tu primer encuentro con la ópera.
Crecí en Fort Lauderdale, Florida con mis papás y mis dos hermanas. A los 6 años comencé con clases de voz debido a mi interés en películas como La Sirenita y cintas de la MGM con Deanna Durbin. Mi mamá, que es portuguesa, notó mi interés y, habiendo crecido con una mamá con una bella voz cuya carrera se frustró, quiso darme la oportunidad de perseguir mi sueño.
Sin embargo, me puso una condición: si esto era lo que realmente quería, tenía que comprometerme a practicar todos los días por al menos una hora. Lo hice y para cuando tenía 10 años ya me había enamorado de la ópera, tras ver una cinta VHS de la producción del Met La Boheme con José Carreras y Teresa Stratas. Mi misión en la vida se convirtió en estudiar todo sobre ópera.
Tuve la suerte de pertenecer al coro de Palm Beach Opera durante todo mi bachillerato, y hasta la fecha sigo trabajando con los mismos maestros de voz con los que comencé.
2. ¿Cuál es la mejor y la peor parte de tu trabajo?
Lo mejor es atestiguar lo que la ópera provoca en la gente que la escucha y la ve especialmente los que la están experimentando por primera vez. Esto es lo que me ayuda a sobrellevar la parte difícil de mi trabajo que es el viajar de un lado a otro, algo que afecta muchas facetas de tu vida. Sin embargo, no me enfoco en lo negativo porque estoy convencida que los sacrificios y la lucha te llevan a vivir hermosas experiencias. Mi vida es interesante gracias a mi trabajo. Amo ser cantante de ópera y no lo cambiaría por nada.
3. ¿Alguna vez te ha dado pánico escénico?
Sí, y por ello ¡se me olvidó la letra de una canción! Tenía 10 años y estaba cantando el himno nacional por primera vez en un juego de los Miami Marlins. Había practicado por semanas y me sentía muy segura, hasta que vi el estadio lleno de gente. Me paralicé y comencé a cantar, pero no me salían las palabras. El himno continuó a ritmo del teclado y todo mundo vio mi cara de susto. Desde ahí me prometí que jamás me pasaría lo mismo.
4. ¿Tomas o haces algo especial antes de cantar para calentar tus cuerdas vocales?
Me encanta comer una manzana y tomar agua caliente con limón antes de una presentación. Las manzanas son fantásticas para hidratar mi garganta y el agua con limón es el astringente perfecto para combater flemas o la sobreproducción de saliva.
5. ¿Tienes algún maestro que admires especialmente?
Por supuesto. César Ulloa y Kamal Khan. Han sido parte de mi vida durante 15 años y aún son mis maestros de voz y y música. Los conocí en Florida a través de Palm Beach Opera y desde ahí supe que había encontrado dos invaluables profesionales. Me siento increíblemente afortunada de tenerlos en mi vida y los considero parte de mi familia. Sin su apoyo, no estaría donde estoy ahora.
Ms. Sierra joins Andrea Bocelli on a three dates as part of his annual North American tour. In celebration of Valentine’s day, Mr. Bocelli performs opera arias and duets, as well as cross-over hits with Ms. Sierra and Kristin Chenoweth. This marks the second time Ms. Sierra has performed with the cross-over singer, after having performed with him at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala in 2015. The tour begins on February 9th in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Spectrum Center. This concert is followed by two concerts in Ms. Sierra’s home state of Florida. First, a concert will be given on February 11th in Miami at the American Airlines Arena. This will be followed by a concert on Valentine’s Day in Tampa at the Amalie Arena. in addition to the concert, fans will also have access to a limited number of pre-show Valentines dinner packages hosted at each venue. The package includes top priced tickets, VIP parking for easy arrival and exiting, a pre-show multi-course Italian themed dinner featuring Andrea Bocelli wines, roses, and customized Valentine’s gifts from Andrea Bocelli. Tickets are on sale now.
As the 2017 winner of the prestigious Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award, Ms. Sierra will sing at the December 10th gala performance along with past award recipients, and other stars of the opera stage. Performers include: Stephanie Blythe, Javier Camarena, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Tara Erraught, Anthony Clark Evans, Vittorio Grigolo, Ailyn Pérez, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Sir Bryn Terfel and Tamara Wilson. Featuring a program of arias and ensemble numbers, the performance will be broadcast live on Medici TV. This is the second time Ms. Sierra has been awarded a prize from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, having previously won the Sara Tucker Study Grant in 2010. Tickets to the Gala can be purchased here.
The Richard Tucker Foundation is, “is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to perpetuating the artistic legacy of the great American tenor through the support and advancement of the careers of talented American opera singers by bringing opera into the community.” In addition to the study and career grants awarded each year, the Foundation is committed to nurturing the discovery of music in the greater New York City area.
Ms. Sierra’s eagerly awaited, first recording of one of her signature roles, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, will be released on November 10th. Dimitri Hvorostovsky sings the title role in his first full length recording of the role, while Francesco Demuro sings the role of the Duke, Andrea Mastroni sings the role of Sparafucile, and Oksana Volkova sings the role of Maddalena. The Kaunas (Lithuania) Symphony Orchestra and State choir perform while Constantine Orbelian conducts.
Ms. Sierra has sung the role of Gilda multiple times around the world, including at the Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, Chorégies d’Orange, and the Hawaii Opera Theatre. Met with praise from the press at each of these performances, the role of Gilda has been a great vehicle for success for the young, rising star. The Boston Globe raved: “Nadine Sierra sang Gilda with wide-eyed innocence, lucid phrasing, and a sweetness of tone that won over this opening night crowd in a big way.” and The New York Times praised: “The soprano Nadine Sierra brought her bright, agile voice to the role, singing with expressivity and tenderness.”
Ms. Sierra begins her 2017/2018 season in New York, where she will perform at the Richard Tucker Gala at Carnegie Hall on December 10th. Not only will she perform, but she is honored to be this year’s Richard Tucker Award recipient. This prestigious award is given to American singers on the cusp of a major international career, by a panel of industry professionals. Past award winners include: Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Lawrence Brownlee, Matthew Polenzani and Christine Goerke. At this year’s concert, Ms. Sierra is scheduled to sing with Stephanie Blythe, Javier Camarena, Tara Erraught, Vittorio Grigolo, Ailyn Pérez, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Bryn Terfel and Tamara Wilson. Tickets to this gala concert go on sale September 15th, and are available for purchase here.
Next on Ms. Sierra’s schedule is Susanna at The Metropolitan Opera, beginning on December 29th. Ms. Sierra makes her
Returning to Europe, Ms. Sierra performs in Bernstein’s 3rd Symphony, Kaddish, in Rome with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, conducted by Antonio Pappano. Dedicated to John F. Kennedy following his death in 1963, this stirring work takes its name from the prayer chanted during Jewish death services. Ms. Sierra performs as the soprano soloist. Performances are February 22, 23, and 24th.
In March and April, Ms. Sierra makes another role debut, this time at the Staatsoper Berlin in the role of Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff. The last opera of Verdi’s oeuvre, this comedic work is based on Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor. Conducted by Daniel Barenboim, the production is by Mario Martone. Ms. Sierra performs in three shows, on March 25th, 28th, and April 1st.
After rave reviews as Pamina, Zerlina, Gilda and Flavia Gemmira, Ms. Sierra returns to the Opéra de Paris for a brand new production of Don Pasquale. She sings the role of Norina, alongside Michele Pertusi as Don Pasquale, Florian Sempey as Dottor Malatesta, Lawrence Brownlee as Ernesto, and Frédéric Guieu as un notario in this Paolo Fantin production. Eveline Pidò conducts. Tickets to this Donizetti comedy are available as of December 5th for the following dates: June 9, 11, 13, 16, 19, 22, 26, 29 and July 2, 6, 9, 12, 2018.
With only three performances left at the Paris Opera, Nadine Sierra looks forward to a dynamic summer season in Europe and the US.
Nadine kicks off the summer in Orange, France with two open-air performances of Rigoletto with Mikko Franck conducting the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. On stage, she is also joined by Leo Nucci as Rigoletto and Celso Albelo as the Duke. Click here for tickets and more information on the July 8th & 11th performances.
For Bastille Day, Nadine returns to Paris for a special opera concert at the Eiffel Tower. On the program, works by Berlioz, Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, and more will be performed by opera stars including Diana Damrau and Bryan Hymel under the direction of Valery Gergiev. Click here for a full list of performers and local broadcast details for the July 14th concert.
Nadine continues onto Hannover, Germany singing Gilda at the NDR Klassik Open Air on July 22nd. The cast includes tenor Stephen Costello as the Duke, baritone Ludovic Tézier as Rigoletto, and mezzo-soprano Varduhi Abrahamyan as Maddalena with Ker-Lynn Wilson conducting the NDR Radiophilharmonie. The sold out concert can be heard via local broadcast. More information here.
On August 8, Nadine makes her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut in Haydn’s Creation at the Ravinia Festival. As a former young artist at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in 2012, Nadine celebrates this homecoming in Hadyn’s masterwork conducted by James Levine. Also on stage will be tenor Matthew Polenzani, bass John Relyea, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Tickets can be purchased here.
In her third production this season at the Paris Opera, Nadine Sierra sings the role of Gila in Verdi’s Rigoletto.
On the heels of her staged debut at Venice’s Teatro la Fenice headlining Lucia di Lammermoor, Nadine reprises one of her now signature roles in a production by Claus Guth. On stage, she is joined by Vittorio Grigolo as the Duke and Željko Lučić as Rigoletto with Daniele Rustioni conducting.
As announced by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation this morning, Nadine Sierra has been named the winner of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award. Often referred to as the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the Tucker Award is conferred each year by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a major international career.
The list of past winners includes such luminaries as Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Lawrence Brownlee, Matthew Polenzani, Christine Goerke and Joyce DiDonato. Sierra will be inducted into this who’s who of American opera at the Foundation’s annual gala, to be held this year on Sunday, December 10th at Carnegie Hall.
Nadine is a previous recipient of both study and career grants from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. She has also joined the Foundation for its annual gala in the last two years, singing alongside Andrea Bocelli, Stephen Costello, and Javier Camarena.
In her staged debut with the company, Nadine Sierra headlines Lucia di Lammermoor at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice.
The American soprano, fresh from her acclaimed run as Ilia in Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera, returns to the role of Donizetti’s star-crossed heroine after first singing with the company for its 2015-16 New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day concerts.
In Francesco Micheli’s production, Nadine stars under the baton of Riccardo Frizza opposite Francesco Demuro as Edgardo, Markus Werba as Enrico, and Simon Lim as Raimondo. Performances take place on April 21, 23, 27, 29, and May 2.
This Saturday, the Metropolitan Opera presents Idomeneo Live in HD and starring Nadine Sierra as Ilia. Having earned acclaim for her debut in the early Mozartean role, the American soprano stars under the baton of James Levine in an all-star cast led by Matthew Polenzani in the title role. Singing Ilia’s lover and Idomeneo’s son, Idamante, is Alice Coote. Elza van den Heever costars as the unhinged Elettra.
The 1 pm matinee performance of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s classic and classical production will be shown live in cinemas around the world with encore presentations planned in the weeks to come. The performance will also be broadcast live on the Met’s Sirius XM radio station and on terrestrial radio as part of the company’s longrunning Saturday matinee broadcast series on the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
Making her role debut in a performance dubbed “a high point of the season” by the New York Times, Nadine Sierra was applauded by audiences and critics alike for Monday’s premiere of Idomeneo. As Ilia, “Nadine Sierra brought her bright, agile voice to the role, singing with expressivity and tenderness,” added the Times.
“The performance was musically superb. This started immediately with the impassioned overture, then Sierra burst open with a recitative and “Padre, germani, addio,” setting the pace for everything to come. Her voice balanced youthful shine and, just under the surface, deep feeling,” added the New York Classical Review. “She was incandescent all night, singing with great ease and richness, and modulating naturally between moods of loss, love, regret, and pride.”
“In only her third role at the Met… [Sierra] is a delight to see and hear,” concurred the Huffington Post. “She has a silvery bell-like voice that was especially tender and lovely in Ilia’s third-act aria ‘Zeffiretti lusinghieri.’”
(Photo: Marty Sohl)
In her second Mozart role with the company this season, Nadine Sierra returns to the Metropolitan Opera to sing her first Ilia in the composer’s Idomeneo. Led by James Levine, the production marks the American soprano’s first collaboration with the legendary conductor.
Nadine stars opposite Matthew Polenzani in the title role, Alice Coote as Idamante, Elza van den Heever as Elettra, and Alan Opie as Arbace in performances that take place March 6, 10, 13, 21, and 25.
March 25’s closing program will also mark Nadine’s Live in HD debut when that afternoon’s performance of Idomeneo is simulcast live to cinemas around the world as part of the Met’s acclaimed series. The performance will also be broadcast live on terrestrial and digital radio as part of the Met’s Saturday Matinee broadcast series.
Additional performances of Idomeneo will also be heard live on the Met’s Sirius XM channel with broadcasts on March 6, 13, and 21.