Nadine Sierra
New England Winner, 2009
National Council Winner, 2009



After beginning the 2015-2016 season as Zerlina in Don Giovanni with the Opéra National de Paris, Nadine Sierra returned to San Francisco Opera in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor and as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. After making her Met debut as Gilda in Rigoletto, this winter the soprano also makes her La Scala debut in that role. Nadine will appear as Amor in Orfeo ed Euridice with Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Amina in La Sonnambula in Verona, and Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Valencia. Last season the soprano appeared as Musetta in La bohème with San Francisco Opera, Elvira in I Puritani at Opera di Firenze, and as Norina in Don Pasquale with Opera de Valencia. She also made her Atlanta Opera debut as Gilda, sang Lucia in Zurich, and returned to San Francisco as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. Concert appearances included Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the San Antonio Symphony, a holiday concert with the Oregon Symphony, Handel’s “Messiah” with the Master Chorale of South Florida, and a George London recital with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo at New York’s Morgan Library.


A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nadine was already a member of Palm Beach Opera’s Young Artists Program in Florida by the age of fourteen, and at sixteen she debuted as the Sandman in Hansel and Gretel. A graduate of the Mannes College The New School for Music in New York, she participated in many summer training programs, including the Chautauqua Institute, the International Vocal Arts Institute in Puerto Rico and Canada, and the Music Academy of the Wes. Nadine is also an alumna of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, where she appeared as Adina in L’elisir d’amore. As an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, Nadine made her company debut in 2011, creating the dual roles of Juliet and Barbara in the world premiere production of Christopher Theofanidis’s Heart of a Soldier. Career highlights in her 2012/2013 season included her debut as Gilda with Florida Grand Opera, her appearance as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and Titania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Boston Lyric Opera, and her debut at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in as Gilda; she also sang excerpts from Mozart’s Zaide with the San Francisco Symphony, and took part in staged performances of the Pergolesi “Stabat Mater” at Glimmerglass. In 2013/2014 Nadine returned to Boston Lyric Opera as Gilda, a role in which she also made her Seattle Opera debut, sang Pamina in Die Zauberflöte in her debut with Virginia Opera and at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, and Musetta with Israeli Opera. She also sang the Brahms “German Requiem” in Ann Arbor and a recital in the Tucson Desert Song Festival.


The youngest winner to date of both the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2009) and the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition (2007), Nadine has won numerous other awards. Most recently, in 2013 she received a Richard Tucker Career Grant, and received First Prize in the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in Germany, the Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition in Spain, and the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in Ireland. In 2010, Nadine was awarded first prizes at the George London Competition, the Gerda Lissner International Competition, and the Loren Zachary Competition.


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