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Nadine Sierra triumphs in opening of Mostly Mozart Festival

Nadine Sierra has earned high praise for her high notes in the opening night program of the Mostly Mozart Festival, “The Illuminated Heart.” The American soprano “spun a long, focused line in ‘Ruhe sanft,’ from the rarity Zaide,” noted the New York Times.

Her account of the 1780 aria was also called out by WQXR, which noted: “The competitive quality didn’t come from machine-gun coloratura so much as in extremes of sensitivity, often in da capo sections, reprising music with ever greater depth of feeling. Particularly winning was Sierra’s heart-stopping cadenza in “Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben.’”

The New York Classical Review called her performance “especially moving,” and included mention of Nadine’s “lively presence and secure voice [which] made her a valuable member of the cast in her own right.”

Nadine returns to Lincoln Center for more Mozart in the 2016-17 season when she stars in both Don Giovanni and Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera.

Click here to take a special quiz hosted by Nadine for Lincoln Center, “Which Mozart Opera is Your Life?” (Or take it below!)


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Nadine Sierra debuts with Mostly Mozart Festival July 25 & 26

Following her Tanglewood debut this past weekend, Nadine Sierra continues her summer festival calendar with her Mostly Mozart debut at Lincoln Center on July 25 and 26. In a program dubbed “The Illuminated Heart,” the rising young soprano will be heard in a special opening-night program conceived by opera director and video artist Netia Jones.

Nadine joins an all-star lineup that also includes Christine Goerke, Matthew Polenzani, Peter Mattei, Christopher Maltman, Kiera Duffy, Ana María Martínez, Marianne Crebassa, and Daniela Mack. Click here for tickets and more information.

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Nadine Sierra debuts at Tanglewood in opening weekend concert of Carmina Burana

Next week, Nadine Sierra makes her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and her first appearance at Tanglewood as part of the festival’s opening weekend concerts.

The July 9 concert will hear the American singer in her acclaimed account of the soprano soloist’s role in Orff’s Carmina Burana. Jacques Lacombe conducts the performance, which also features tenor Jean-Francis Monvoisin and baritone Stephen Powell. Also on the program are Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2.

The performance will be broadcast live on 99.5FM WCRB in Boston. Click here for more information.

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Nadine Sierra nominated for 2016 Emerging Star of the Year Award at San Francisco Opera

Following a season with the company that was bookended by her first U.S. performance as Lucia di Lammermoor plus return to The Magic Flute in the fall and her participation in David Gockley’s retirement gala earlier this month, Nadine Sierra has been nominated for a 2016 Emerging Star of the Year Award by San Francisco Opera.

Established in 2015, the company’s new initiative recognizes rising talent from its mainstage season. Nadine was named as a candidate by a committee that includes Gockley, SFO General Director designate Matthew Shilvock, SFO Music Director Nicola Luisotti, and Director of Artistic and Music Planning Gregory Henkel.

The awards are determined by popular vote with members of the public allowed to vote once per day until July 3, 2016 at www.sfopera.com/emergingstars.

The Emerging Star of the Year Competition and Award is made possible by SFO sponsors Maria Manetti Shrem and Jan Shrem.

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Hawaiian debut with Rigoletto in concert

Following tomorrow’s final performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Valencia, Nadine Sierra travels to Honolulu for a concert performance of Rigoletto with Hawaii Opera Theatre on June 24.

Closing out the company’s season, the performance hears Nadine in her acclaimed account of Gilda opposite Barry Banks as the Duke of Mantua and Quinn Kelsey in the title role. Hal France conducts. The performance marks Nadine’s first in the Aloha State.

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Nadine Sierra celebrates David Gockley with San Francisco Opera

On June 16, Nadine Sierra joins a star-studded lineup of musicians to celebrate San Francisco Opera’s General Director David Gockley. Alongside luminaries including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Michael Fabiano, Eric Owens, René Pape, and gala hosts Frederica von Stade and Thomas Hampson, Nadine pays tribute to Gockley and his 45-year career, including ten years at the helm of SFO, before his retirement in July.

Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers and guest conductors Jiri Belohlavek and John DeMain lear the evening’s musical offerings, which are followed by a post-performance black-tie dinner.

An alumna of the Adler Fellowship Program at San Francisco Opera, Nadine made her debut with the company in 2011, creating the dual roles of Juliet and Barbara opposite Thomas Hampson in the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Heart of a Soldier. She’s since returned to the company in roles including Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Musetta in La bohème, and Lucia di Lammermoor.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

Next month, Nadine Sierra returns to both Valencia and the role of Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia.

As the fairy queen Britten’s take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy, the American soprano stars opposite Christopher Lowrey as Oberon and Alfonso Antoniozzi as Bottom in a new production for the company directed by Paul Curran.

The production also reunites Nadine with the conductor from her Palau de les Arts debut last winter, Roberto Abbado. Performances take place June 10, 12, 14, and 18.

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Summer highlights in Valencia and San Francisco; Festival debuts with Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart

Following a 2015-16 season that saw debuts at Opéra National de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, and Teatro alla Scala, Nadine Sierra looks forward to a summer with more debuts following returns to Valencia and San Francisco.

Nadine returns to Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia June 10, 23, 14, and 18 to encore the role of Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a role she previously sang with Boston Lyric Opera. In between performances, she makes a special appearance at San Francisco Opera’s June 16 gala concert honoring David Gockley. In the same month, the American soprano joins the Hawaii Opera Theatre for a concert performance of Rigoletto in Honolulu on June 26.

July sees two prominent summer festival debuts for Nadine, beginning on July 9 where she joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra for Orff’s Carmina Burana. From there, she heads back to Lincoln Center for her Mostly Mozart Festival debut in selections from Mozart’s operas on July 25 and 26.

Click here for Nadine’s full schedule.

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Performances in Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati

Following performances in Paris and Vienna, Nadine Sierra returns Stateside for recitals in Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati.

The American soprano is first welcomed as a guest performer for the Shenson Chamber Music Concerts series at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on April 27. With pianist Kamal Khan, Nadine sings lieder by Schubert, Strauss, and Turina and excerpts from works by Mozart, Léhar, Messager, and Giménez. American works are represented in songs by Stephen Foster and Ricky Ian Gordon, as well as excerpts from Forrest and Wright’s Kismet.

Nadine then heads to Cincinnati for a recital with Matinée Musicale on May 1, reprising the same program with pianist Bryan Wagorn.

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Nadine joins Juan Diego Flórez for benefit concert in Vienna

This weekend, Nadine Sierra appears as part of a star-studded lineup for “Juan Diego Flórez and Friends,” the Peruvian tenor’s annual gala concert, held at Vienna’s Musikverein. Proceeds go to benefit Sinonía por el Perú, which aids disadvantaged children in Flórez’s home country through the power of music education and performance to develop higher senses of self-esteem, tenacity, creativity, and community.

2016’s “Gala Latina” hears Nadine perform works by Delibes, Bernstein, and Lara with a cast of singers that also includes Erwin Schrott, Elisabeth Kulman, María Katzarava, Silvia Tro Santafé, Elena Maximova, Adrian Eröd, Simón Orfila, and Flórez himself.

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Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro Massimo

On March 31 and April 2, Nadine Sierra gives two encore performances as Lucia di Lammermoor at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo. Having debuted in the role last year at Opernhaus Zürich with an acclaimed revisit of the role last autumn for San Francisco Opera, the American soprano revisits Donizetti’s moorish tragedy under the baton of Riccardo Frizza. Jean-François Borras sings her Edgardo, with Simone Del Savio as Enrico and Luca Tittoto as Raimondo.

Nadine headlines Gilbert Deflo’s production, with sets and costumes by William Orlandi. Click here for ticket information.

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Classical Singer cover story for March 2016

Nadine Sierra is the featured cover artist for Classical Singer’s 2016 issue. In feature by Mark Watson, “Wise Beyond Her Years,” the American soprano discusses her debut-filled 2015-16 season — including her acclaimed first outing at the Metropolitan Opera, getting an early start on her career, and her career progression in between.

Click here to read the feature interview for free for the month of March.

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Berlin debut in Festtage-opening production of Orfeo ed Euridice with Daniel Barenboim

Next month sees Nadine Sierra’s debut at the Berlin Staatsoper in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. The American soprano stars as Amor opposite Bejun Mehta and Anna Prohaska in the title roles in a new production staged by Jürgen Flimm with sets designed by Frank Gehry. Music Director Daniel Barenboim conducts.

The production opens the company’s annual and ever-popular Festtage on March 18, with Nadine joining a festival lineup that also includes the Vienna Philharmonic, Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Waltraud Meier, Yo-Yo Ma, and Martha Argerich. Orfeo is given two encore performances on March 23 and 27.

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Nadine Sierra returns to Metropolitan Opera for two Mozart productions in 2016-17

Following her acclaimed first outing as Gilda in Rigoletto, Nadine Sierra returns to the Metropolitan Opera for two productions of Mozartean masterworks in 2016-17. The American soprano begins November 1 in a revival of Don Giovanni, reprising the role of Zerlina opposite Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role and Adam Plachetka as Masetto. Fabio Luisi conducts performances, which continue with Nadine through November 10.

Nadine returns to the Met in March of 2017 for Idomeneo, conducted by the legendary James Levine. In Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production, Nadine stars as Ilia opposite Elza van den Heever as Elettra, Alice Coote as Idamante, and Matthew Polenzani in the title role. Performances with Nadine take place March 6, 10, 13, 21, and 25.

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Nadine Sierra returns to Opéra national de Paris for three productions in 16-17 season

Following the success of her house debut this past October as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Nadine Sierra returns to the Opéra national de Paris for three productions in the company’s newly announced 2016-17 season.

The American soprano opens the season in a new production of Eliogabalo, a posthumous rendering of Francesco Cavalli’s 17th century opera of the same name that was given its world premiere in 1999. Nadine stars as Flavia Gemmira opposite Franco Fagioli in the title role and Paul Groves as Alessandro Cesare in Cavalli’s retelling of the life of Roman emperor Heliogabalus. Leonardo García Alarcón conducts the production, directed by Thomas Jolly, which runs from September 16 to October 15 (with a special pre-opening on September 14).

Nadine returns to Paris in the beginning of 2017 for the revival of Robert Carsen’s Die Zauberflöte, where she sings Pamina opposite Pavol Breslik as Tamino and René Pape and Tobias Kehrer alternating as Sarastro. Henrik Nánási conducts performances, which hear Nadine on January 23, 26, and 29 and February 1, 4, 7, 9, 16, 20, and 23.

Finally, audiences can see and hear Nadine in her acclaimed account of Gilda in Claus Guth’s production of Rigoletto, conducted by Daniele Rustioni. The performances, which take place from May 27 to June 27, 2017, reunite Nadine with her Metropolitan Opera costar Zeljko Lucic in the title role, and her Teatro alla Scala costar Vittorio Grigolo as the Duke of Mantova.

Click here for Nadine’s full schedule, and continue to check back for 2016-17 season updates as they are announced.

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2015 Richard Tucker Gala featuring Nadine Sierra broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center February 5

Tonight, Nadine Sierra appears on PBS’s Emmy Award-winning Live from Lincoln Center as part of its broadcast of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s 2015 gala.

Held on November 1 at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, the gala included Nadine among a starry lineup of singers and saw her in duets with Andrea Bocelli and past Tucker Award-winner Stephen Costello. Eugene Kohn conducts the evening, which also heard the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York Choral Society. Nadine is a previous winner of both the Foundation’s Study and Career Grants.

The national telecast of “From Bocelli to Barton: The Richard Tucker Opera Gala” is hosted by Audra McDonald and begins at 9pm EST (check local listings).

Click here for a video preview of the program.

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Nadine Sierra debuts at Teatro alla Scala in Rigoletto

This month, Nadine Sierra kicks off her 2016 performance calendar with a debut at Teatro alla Scala. In a season full of auspicious firsts, the American soprano takes to Milan’s iconic opera stage for a revival of Rigoletto. As Gilda, Nadine stars opposite Leo Nucci in the title role and with Vittorio Grigolo and Piero Pretti alternating as the Duke of Mantova. Nicola Luisotti conducts Gilbert Deflo’s production.

Performances take place January 13, 17, 20, 22, 24, and 29 as well as February 6.

 

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Winter debuts in Venice and Milan

Following a triumphant debut at the Metropolitan Opera, Nadine Sierra heads to Italy for two company debuts: In January and February of 2016, the American soprano reprises her acclaimed Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto for her debut with Teatro alla Scala. Starring opposite Vittorio Grigolo and Piero Pretti as the Duke of Mantua and the legendary Leo Nucci in the title role, Nadine sings in Gilbert Deflo’s production conducted by Mikko Franck. Performances run January 13 through February 6.

While in Italy, Nadine ushers in the New Year with her Teatro la Fenice debut in Venice. Guesting in the annual “Concerto di Capodanno,” she sings with conductor James Conlon and tenor Celso Albelo on December 30 and January 1.

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Nadine Sierra’s debut run with Metropolitan Opera broadcast December 12

In the wake of her company debut on December 2 in Rigoletto, Nadine Sierra can be heard around the world as Gilda at the Metropolitan Opera on December 12 as part of the popular Saturday Matinee Broadcast radio series, beginning at 1 p.m. EST.

The New York Classical Review described Nadine’s maiden Met voyage as “a vocal and dramatic achievement that showed she is an artist ready for a significant career with this company. There was an endearing innocence about Nadine’s Gilda, in both her physicality and her voice itself, a lemony, glowing instrument that carried superbly into the house. She sings with remarkable ease, no matter where she is in her range or what effect she is trying to achieve: the beautiful flow of her middle voice was matched by accurate, graceful high notes, none of them ever grabbed or forced.”

The American soprano stars opposite Piotr Beczala as the Duke of Mantua and Zeljko Lucic in the title role. Roberto Abbado conducts.

Click here to find a station, including stations offering internet broadcast, in the U.S. and Canada.

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Nadine Sierra makes Metropolitan Opera debut in Rigoletto

Continuing her season of house debuts, Nadine Sierra gives her long-awaited first performances at the Metropolitan Opera in the company’s revival of Rigoletto. Reprising her acclaimed Gilda, Nadine stars in Michael Mayer’s Las Vegas staging of Verdi’s tragedy.

The production reunites Nadine with Piotr Beczala, her Edgardo from last month’s Lucia di Lammermoor, here singing the Duke December 2 – 12. Jean-François Borras steps in for the role on December 17. Zeljko Lucic sings the title role. Roberto Abbado conducts.

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