Nadine Sierra (born May 14, 1988) is an American soprano. She is most well known for her interpretation of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, and Lucia in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Currently performing in leading roles in the top opera houses around the world, she received the 1st Prize and People's Choice Award 2013 at the Neue Stimmen competition, is the 2017 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award Winner, and was awarded the Beverly Sills Artists Award in 2018. Her debut album on the Universal Music Group label, There's a Place for Us, was released on August 24, 2018.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she trained at The Mannes College of Music and with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West, where she was the youngest person ever to win the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition. She became a Young Artist with the Palm Beach Opera when she was 14 and made her operatic debut there two years later as the Sandman in Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. She also appeared on the National Public Radio program From the Top when she was 15 performing "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi.
She was invited back to From the Top in 2010, a show taped in Burlington, Vermont, with commentary by Marilyn Horne. She appeared at the United States Supreme Court Building in May 2009 where she sang solo and with Thomas Hampson in the Justices Chambers. In 2009 she competed in Helsinki, Finland, in the Mirjam Helin International Competition where she was awarded second place. She had her debut concert in Helsinki, Finland in 2009. In October 2009 she performed in the Marilyn Horne Mediterranean Cruise to Italy, Croatia, Turkey and Greece. In March 2010 she performed at the Musashino Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
She appeared as the Princess with Gotham Chamber Opera's production of Xavier Montsalvatge's opera El gato con botas at the New Victory Theater. In January 2011 she returned to Palm Beach Opera's Orfeo ed Euridice in the title role. In May 2011 she appeared as Tytania in Boston Lyric Opera's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In January 2011 she became a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and the following May appeared in the company's premiere of Christopher Theofanidis' opera Heart of a Soldier with Thomas Hampson in the main role. In January 2012 she appeared as Gilda in Florida Grand Opera's Rigoletto.
Sierra is featured in the book Driven: Six Incredible Musical Journeys in which author Nick Romeo devoted one of the chapters ("Journeys") to her.
In January 2016 she performed at Venice New Year's Concert with Stefano Secco and at La Scala of Milan as Gilda in Rigoletto with Leo Nucci. In January 2017 she sang in the New Year's Concert at Palermo's Teatro Massimo, followed in March by six performances as Ilia in Mozart's Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In January 2019 she sang in the New Year's Concert at Venice's Teatro La Fenice.
In 2017 she was named the year's Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award Winner, and performed to great critical acclaim at the December 10th Gala. She performed in the Concert de Paris under the Eiffel Tower in July 2017. Her 2017/2018 highlights include: Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at The Metropolitan Opera, solo recitals in Dallas and New York City, a tour with Andrea Bocelli, Nannetta in Verdi's Falstaff at the Staatsoper Berlin, and Norina in Don Pasquale at the Opéra National de Paris. In 2018, she was named the Beverly Sills Artist Award Winner in a ceremony held at the Metropolitan Opera.
She is a Universal Music Group artist with a solo album, There's a Place for Us, which was released August 24, 2018 on Deutsche Grammophon.
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Sierra has been awarded the following awards and scholarships:
- National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Miami, Florida – Vocal Silver Award 2006
- Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, West Palm Beach, Florida – First Place Junior Division 2007
- The Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition, Santa Barbara, California – First Place Award 2007
- National Society for Arts and Letters Vocal Competition, Bloomington, Indiana – Second Place Award 2008
- The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, New York City – Grand Finalist Winner 2009
- Florida Grand Opera Competition, Miami, Florida – Junior Division First Place Award 2009
- Licia Albanese–Puccini International Competition, New York, NY – Third Place Award 2009
- Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, New York City – First Place 2010
- Richard Tucker Foundation, New York City – 2010 Sara Tucker Study Award Winner
- George London Foundation Competition, New York City First Place 2010
- Loren Zachary Foundation International Competition, Los Angeles, California – First Place 2010
- The Leonore Annenberg Award Fellowship in the Performing Arts, 2011
- Stella Maris International Music Competition 2011, Audience Prize
- The Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, Dublin, 2013
- Neue Stimmen, Gütersloh, Germany – 1st Prize and People's Choice Award 2013
- Richard Tucker Music Foundation Award Winner, 2017
- Beverly Sills Artists Award Winner, 2018
- Rigoletto, 2017, Delos
- There's a Place for Us, 2018, Deutsche Grammophon
- "Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition". Bertelsmann Stiftung. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- Mcphee, Ryan. "Nadine Sierra Named Metropolitan Opera's 2018 Beverly Sills Artist Award Winner", Playbill, April 24, 2018
- "Alumni Roster". musicacademy.org. Archived from the original on 5 June 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
- Stewart, Henry, "The Next Ones: Nadine Sierra (soprano)", The L Magazine, September 2, 2009
- Smith, Steve, "The On Wings of Song Series Shows a Fledgling's Flights", The New York Times, November 13, 2007
- Schultz, Alexandra, "Portrait of the Artists: Meet three unique talents defining the face of the South Florida cultural scene" Archived 2009-12-24 at the Wayback Machine, Boca Raton Magazine, November 2008
- NPR From the Top, Green Room: Congratulations Met Council Auditions Winner Nadine Sierra Archived 2014-12-11 at the Wayback Machine
- "Adler Fellows Alumni". San Francisco Opera. Retrieved November 30, 2014.
- Romeo, Nick (2011). Driven: Six Incredible Musical Journeys, pp. 51–68. From the Top, Inc. ISBN 0-615-51140-6. See also Romeo, Nick (December 2009). "A Young Soprano's Journey to Victory at the Met". Classical Singer Magazine
- Ansa (January 1, 2016). "Concerto di Capodanno: alla Fenice si apre il 2016 in musica" (in Italian). quotidiano.net. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- Eduardo Lamberti Castronuovo (January 13, 2016). "Scala, Leo Nucci (Rigoletto) e la giovane Nadine Sierra (Gilda) subissati di richieste di bis dal pubblico" (in Italian). video.corriere.it. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
- "Scala, pubblico in visibilio per la prima del Rigoletto. Concesso il bis chiesto a gran voce" (in Italian). rainews.it. January 14, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
- Tommasini, Anthony "Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’ Shows the Met Opera at Its Best", The New York Times, March 7, 2017
- "Events – New Year's Concert 2019". Teatro La Fenice. Archived from the original on 2019-01-01. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
- McCormick, Barbara (May 26, 2010). "National Society of Arts and letters hosts music fundraiser". Boca Raton Tribune
- Florida Grand Opera, Young Patronesses of the opera. Previous winners Archived 2009-12-24 at the Wayback Machine
- Licia Albanese–Puccini International Vocal Competition. 2009 winners Archived 2011-11-12 at the Wayback Machine; Photos Archived 2011-11-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Gerda Lissner Foundation. 2010 award winners
- Richard Tucker Foundation. Sara Tucker Study Grants 1998–2010 Archived 2012-03-22 at the Wayback Machine
- George London Foundation (2010). Winners Circle
- Wada, Karen (May 24, 2010). "Soprano Nadine Sierra wins top prize in national vocal competition". Los Angeles Times (Arts)
- Management: GM Art & Music
- Marilyn Horne Foundation, Biography: Nadine Sierra
- Mallozzi, Vincent M., "Young Singers Await Their Big Moment at the Met", The New York Times, February 21, 2009
- Christensen, Thor, "Opera star Nadine Sierra on being bullied, fighting stigma and the VHS tape that changed her life," January 24t, 2018
- Goodwin, Jay, "Meet the Young Soprano Wowing Met Opera Audiences in Le Nozze di Figaro" January 12, 2018