2019/2020 Season

2019/2020 Season

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Nadine Performs at the 2018 Richard Tucker Awards – Watch Live!

Nadine has a long history with the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, having received the 2010 Sara Tucker Study Grant, the 2013 Richard Tucker Career Grant, and the 2017 Richard Tucker Award. This year, she has been invited once again to perform  at the 2018 gala evening. The annual gala, one of the most highly anticipated events of the opera season, returns home to New York’s Carnegie Hall for the first time in more than a quarter of a century on Sunday, October 21. Bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, winner of the 2018 Richard Tucker Award, joins a host of today’s greatest opera luminaries: past Tucker Award-winners Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Michael Fabiano, and Christine Goerke; soprano Anna Netrebko; tenors Javier Camarena and Yusif Eyvazov; and baritone Quinn Kelsey. Maestro Marco Armiliato leads members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Choral Society in an evening of opera arias and ensembles.

 If you can are not in New York City, you can watch the performance live at 6:00pm EST / 3:00pm  PST via

In addition, Nadine will be giving her instagram followers a behind-the-scenes look as she prepares to perform. You can follow her @nadine.sierra.

Nadine Sierra

Nadine Is Lauded for Her Social Media Presence

Nadine is featured as a “Bustle Must Follow” account by Bustle, the popular online magazine

Soprano Nadine Sierra is one of opera’s shining stars. And for the Latinx community, she’s also an example of just how far we can go when we truly follow our dreams. That’s why she’s included in this special edition of Bustle’s Must Follow, in which we highlight the incredible Latinx voices you need to follow on Instagram and Twitter.

Nadine Sierra

Describe yourself in one line, including how you identify and what you do.

“I am a Latina American opera singer, passionate about spreading my love of opera and mentoring the next generation of singers.”

What do you hope people take away from following you on social media?

“I’d like them to feel a sense of community and support built around our mutual love of opera and see that this art form isn’t irrelevant or old-fashioned, but that it does have a place in today’s world no matter where one comes from. I want to break down barriers to make opera more accessible and to break stereotypes associated with or, in a way, plaguing opera. It’s a way of showing people that you can be of any background or age to explore and enjoy the operatic world.

I like to bring my followers with me and show them behind-the-scenes photos or videos that hopefully inspire, but also show the reality [of] what it is to pursue this kind of life; that there are some ‘glamorous’ moments, but for the most part, it’s hard work and can be a demanding lifestyle. By showing this, I’m hoping that it helps them to realize their aspirations are achievable through constant dedication and practice.”

When did you first feel that you were a voice for the Latinx community?

“When younger singers and musicians began messaging me on a daily basis, it made an impact on my life because I knew that I could use my platforms not only for expressing my artistic goals, but to help and guide those wanting to reach their own. With the heritage that I have, I also feel strongly about introducing and supporting the Latin and Hispanic music that exists in the classical arts, since it is so beautiful and deserves to be celebrated. It’s music that, unfortunately, has been lacking exposure in performance settings, so I always feel a great responsibility to educate my audiences with this culture that runs through my veins. I’m proud of my heritage and would love to present myself as a role model for the Latinx community.”

Who’s another Latinx person you would recommend to follow on social media?

“There are some wonderful accounts that I follow for different reasons:

@lasfotosproject is so wonderful: ‘Inspiring girls through photography, mentorship, and self-expression.’ How cool is that?!

@evalongoria has a great sense of style, and I love her foundation @evalongoriafoundation.

@camilacoelho for beautiful photos and my fashion fix!”

Follow Nadine Sierra on Instagram, @nadine.sierra, and Twitter, @nadinecsierra.

Nadine Sierra, copyright Paola Kudacki

Nadine makes her debut as Maria in “West Side Story”

Nadine makes her debut in the role of Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story this October in a concert version of the piece.  Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Alek Shrader sings Tony, and Tia Architto performs the role of Anita. Performances are October 12, 13th and 14th at the Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma in Rome, and tickets can be purchased here.

Nadine also performed Bernstein with the Orchestra and Maestro Pappano last season, when she performed the soprano role in Kaddish, now available as a live recording.


Debut Album Released!

Nadine Sierra’s debut album, There’s a Place for Us, has been released under the Deutsche Grammophon/Decca Gold label, and is now available worldwide here.

When asked about the album in a recent interview with Pop Bytes, Ms. Sierra commented:

“I always knew that on my first album, I didn’t want to just create something that was like, “here are 10 arias that I’ve done in my life and here’s a pretty picture of me on the cover and that’s it!”

Anything that I do, anything that I produce – if it’s an album, a concert or a recital – I have control over, let’s say. So I always wanted the album to be a project that was more about how being an artist can affect a bigger message. If there’s something that’s happening in another person’s life or in society or the community, I try to address that through art. All over the world, music is something that has been used as a form of protest or as a thing catering to a more powerful message than just itself alone.

There’s a Place for Us is an album that I wanted to create to, yes, show myself as an artist. But with the things that we’ve been presented with in today’s world, especially in this country – with certain messages being sent out into people’s ears – I wanted to just give people who listen to it a little bit of hope. I wanted them to know that if they do feel neglected by certain individuals, or if they feel shunned and ashamed by certain people who have great responsibilities and leadership in this world, that they’re not alone.

I too understand what it is to be singled out. I come from an immigrant mother. My mother’s from Lisbon and my father’s side of the family also came from elsewhere. As we all did. My grandfather basically swam here from Puerto Rico. So I just wanted to send out a message that no matter what the dilemmas we’re facing today are, there will always be, at the end of the day, a place for everybody.

Leonard Bernstein was an advocate for that as well. He was actually a person, especially in the 1950s and ’60s, who was not liked politically. He was a social activist who used pieces of music to talk about those things. He wanted to make people actually discuss those issues after listening to his music and he wasn’t afraid of that. That’s how I want to be as an artist. I don’t just want to show a certain kind of surface façade. I want to show everything else behind that. Because to me, it means something and I’d rather be that way than the opposite.”


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2018/19 Season Announced

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


Debut Album, “There’s a Place for Us,” available for Pre-order

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.

The first single from the album, “Somewhere” is now available on Spotify, and the album can be pre-ordered here.


Nadine Sierra awarded the 2018 Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers

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
empowering award.”

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Mexico City Concerts

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.

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Summer Season

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.


Role debut as Nannetta

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.

February Recitals

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.


Spanish Interview

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.

Richard Tucker Gala 2016 (Photo: Dario Acosta)

Richard Tucker Music Foundation Live Online

Listen to the 2017 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala live on WQXR, broadcast Sunday, December 10 at 6 pm ET:

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3 Date Tour with Andrea Bocelli Announced

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.

Richard Tucker Gala 2016 (Photo: Dario Acosta)

Line up for the 2017 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala Announced

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.”

The recording is available on iTunes, and Spotify, and you may order a physical copy here.

Nadine Sierra

2017/2018 Season Overview

MsSierra 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, MsSierra 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. MsSierra makes her role debut in this Richard Eyre production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Harry Bicket. She is joined by Ailyn Perez as the Countess Almaviva, Mariusz Kwiecien as Count Almaviva, Ildar Abdrazakov as Figaro, and Isabel Leonard as Cherubino. This delightful comedy will be performed at The Metropolitan Opera through January 19th.

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.