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.
Nadine Sierra launches the new year with a return to an old favorite in terms of both opera and company with Die Zauberflöte at the Opéra national de Paris.
Encoring the role of Pamina in Mozart’s masonic singspiel, the American soprano (previously seen in Paris this season as Flavia Gemmira in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo) stars in Robert Carsen’s production, conducted by Henrik Nánási.
Nadine sings opposite Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Tamino, René Pape as Sarastro, Michael Volle as Papageno, and Albina Shagimuratova as the Queen of the Night. Legendary bass-baritone José van Dam is also seen as the Speaker.
On December 24, Nadine Sierra can be seen celebrating the holiday season on ZDF and ZDF.de with the 2016 “Weihnachten in Bethlehem” concert. The German television channel’s annual program features traditional Christmas music performed in the stunning and historic Church of St. Catherine in Bethlehem.
Nadine is heard singing “Stille Nacht” in a lineup that also stars Anna Maria Kaufmann, Rea Garvey, and Yury Revich. Joining the soloists are the Sistine Chapel Choir and the Yasmeen Choir of the Magnificat Institute of Music (under the direction of Hani Kreitem), the Al Kamandjâti Association, and conductor Danielle Williams. Markus Lanz hosts.
This Sunday, Nadine Sierra returns to Carnegie Hall for the 2016 Richard Tucker Gala.
The American soprano and winner of both the Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s Study and Career Grants joins an all-star concert lineup that includes Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Kristine Opolais, Joyce DiDonato, Yusif Eyvazov, Javier Camarena, Lawrence Brownlee, Jamie Barton, and this year’s Richard Tucker Award winner Tamara Wilson. Conductor Asher Fisch leads the evening’s festivities from the podium with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Choral Society.
(Photo: Dario Acosta)
Next month, Nadine Sierra returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the first of two Mozartean roles with the company in the current season with Don Giovanni.
Nadine reprises the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni, which she first sang last fall for her debut at the Opéra National de Paris (a company she now travels from in the wake of a successful run in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo).
She stars opposite Ildar Abdrazakov as the eponymous Don, with Adam Plachetka as Masetto, Matthew Rose as Leporello, Paul Appleby as Don Ottavio, Malin Byström as Donna Anna, and Amanda Majeski as Donna Elvira.
October 7’s performance of Eliogabalo will be broadcast and webcast live from the Opéra National de Paris beginning at 7:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. EDT/10:30 a.m. PDT).
In the company premiere of Cavalli’s baroque gem, Nadine has earned for acclaim for “l’effet «grande voix»” as Flavia Gemmira by Diapason magazine in Thomas Jolly’s bold new production. Atlantico concurred, writing “Tous ses partenaires mériteraient d’être cités, à commencer par la soprano américaine Nadine Sierra qui incarne une Gemmira d’une belle autorité.”
Nadine appears opposite Franco Fagioli in the title role and Paul Groves as Alessandro Cesare in the retelling of the life of Roman emperor Heliogabalus. Leonardo García Alarcón conducts the production.
(Photo: Agathe Poupeney)
For her performance as Flavia Gemmira in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo, which opened the Opéra National de Paris’s season this past weekend, Nadine Sierra has earned further Parisian acclaim from audiences and critics alike:
“L’effet «grande voix» passe mieux chez Nadine Sierra, dont la Gemmira exploite une rhétorique de l’intensité et de la saillie, plaçant de mieux en mieux sa voix au fil de la soirée.” — Diapason
“As Gemmira, Sierra’s lithe soprano masterfully soared with tones of exceptional grace to deliver pathos and delicacy truly worthy of Rome’s most beautiful woman.” — Musical America
“Loin d’être désarçonnés, les chanteurs semblent portés par un tel environnement, et n’hésitent pas à chanter à pleins poumons, avec cet engagement un peu jusqu’auboutiste que l’on voit parfois dans les bonnes pièces de théâtre… Nadine Sierra, impose avec le drapé sombre de sa voix un personnage à la volonté guerrière.” (Forum Opéra)
“Distribution de rêve… Bonheur intense aussi du côté des dames avec la Gemmira ardente de Nadine Sierra.” (ConcertClassic.com)
“Nadine Sierra transforme Gemmira en une flamme ardente dont les trilles et vocalises grimpent jusqu’aux cintres.” (Web Théâtre)
“Vocalement, domine incontestablement la Gemmari, de plus en plus volontaire de Nadine Sierra.” (Classique News)
“Unter den Frauen ragt Nadine Sierra als Gemmira heraus, denn sie füllt das große Pariser Opernhaus mühelos mit ihrem leuchtenden Sopran und köpft am Schluss den irren Kaiser.” (Deutschlandradio Kultur)
In a bold new staging by Thomas Jolly, Eliogabalo continues its run through October 15. Click here for ticket information.
Parisian audiences can catch Nadine in two other productions with the Opéra this season: She returns to the City of Light in January and February for Die Zauberflöte opposite René Pape, Albina Shagimuratova, and Stanislas de Barbeyrac, and is back again in May and June for Rigoletto with Vittorio Grigolo and Zeljko Lucic.