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.
(Photo: Richard Termine)