Richard Tucker Gala 2016 (Photo: Dario Acosta)

Richard Tucker Music Foundation names Nadine Sierra as winner of 2017 Richard Tucker Award

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.

Lucia di Lammermoor, Teatro Massimo (Photo: Rosellina Garbo)

Nadine Sierra makes staged-production debut as Lucia at Venice’s La Fenice

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.

Click here to watch Nadine in La Fenice’s Concerto di Capodanno program.

Click here to preview Nadine in the role of Lucia in a concert excerpt from the 2016 Richard Tucker Gala at Carnegie Hall, courtesy of

Idomeneo, The Metropolitan Opera (Photo: Marty Sohl)

Idomeneo Live in HD this Saturday

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.

Click here to find a participating cinema for the Live in HD simulcast of Idomeneo.

Click here to find a participating radio station for the Saturday matinee broadcast.

Click here to tune in beginning at 1 pm EDT on the Met’s Sirius XM channel.


Nadine Sierra is an “incandescent” Ilia in Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera

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)

The chandelier in the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Role debut in Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera

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.

Eliogabalo, Opéra National de Paris (Photo: Agathe Poupeney)

In second of three productions with company this season, Nadine Sierra stars in Die Zauberflöte at Opéra national de Paris

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.

The performance was picked by Departures magazine as one of the top 18 things to do in January. Click here to read their preview.

Departures also made Nadine’s upcoming engagements one of the top 100 cultural highlights of the coming year.

Nadine sings Pamina January 23, 26, 29, and February 1, 4, and 7. She will return to Paris one final time this season for Rigoletto in the spring.


Nadine Sierra featured in Christmas and Bethlehem, airing on ZDF and streaming worldwide

On December 24, Nadine Sierra can be seen celebrating the holiday season on ZDF and 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.

“Weihnachten in Bethlehem” airs on December 24 from 7:15 pm to 8:15 pm local German time. It will be simultaneously webcast on, accessible by clicking here.

Click here for a preview of Nadine singing “Stille Nacht.”

Richard Tucker Gala 2015 (Photo: Dario Acosta)

Nadine Sierra joins all-star lineup for 2016 Richard Tucker Gala at Carnegie Hall

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.

Sunday’s performance will also be available around the world via a free live webcast. Click here to tune in.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Click here to watch Nadine perform “Nuit d’hyménée” from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (with tenor Stephen Costello) from the 2015 Tucker Gala.

(Photo: Dario Acosta)

Don Giovanni, Opéra National de Paris (Photo: Christophe Pele)

First of two Mozartean heroines at Metropolitan Opera next month with Don Giovanni

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.

Fabio Luisi conducts the performances, taking place November 1, 4, and 10. November 10’s performance will be broadcast on the Metropolitan Opera’s website and on Sirius XM.

Click here to watch Nadine sing Zerlina’s aria, “Batti batti,” performed earlier this summer at WQXR.


Eliogabalo, starring Nadine Sierra, webcast live Culturebox

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.

Click here to tune into the webcast of Eliogabalo on

(Photo: Agathe Poupeney)


“L’effet «grande voix»” in season-opening Eliogabalo at Opéra National de Paris

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.” (

“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.


Nadine Sierra opens Opéra National de Paris season with new production of Cavalli rarity

Making her return to the company following her house debut last year, Nadine Sierra will open the Opéra National de Paris’s 2016-17 season with a new production of Cavalli’s Eliogabalo. The American soprano stars as Flavia Gemmira in the posthumous rendering of Francesco Cavalli’s 17th century opera of the same name (given its world premiere in 1999).

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, directed by Thomas Jolly, which runs from September 16 to October 15. A special preview takes place on September 14.

Eliogabalo marks one of three productions that Nadine will star in as part of the Opéra National de Paris season. She returns to the City of Light in 2017 for two of her renowned roles: Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (January 23 to February 23) and Gilda in Rigoletto (May 27 to June 27).


Coming in 2016-17: Three roles in Paris, two in New York

Following a landmark 2015-16 season, Nadine Sierra looks forward to a 2016-17 season that sees her returning to several houses where she has recently debuted with new roles in tow. The American soprano stars in three productions at the Opéra National de Paris, opening the company’s season with 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 (September 16 to October 15; special preview 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 (January 23 to February 23). She rounds out her Parisian triptych with Rigoletto, featuring her Metropolitan Opera costar Zeljko Lucic in the title role and her Teatro alla Scala costar Vittorio Grigolo as the Duke of Mantova (May 27 to June 27).

At the Met this season, Nadine is heard in two Mozart masterworks beginning with Don Giovanni opposite Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role and Adam Plachetka as Masetto (November 1 to 10). In the spring, she makes her role debut as Ilia in Idomeneo under the baton of James Levine. Elza van den Heever sings Elettra, Alice Coote is Idamante, and Matthew Polenzani takes the title role (March 6 to 25).

Click here for Nadine’s full season schedule.


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!)

(Photo: Richard Termine)

Le nozze di Figaro, San Francisco Opera (Photo: Cory Weaver)

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.

Click here for additional program and ticket information.

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

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.


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.

(Photo: Cory Weaver)

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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.