18 April 2017
Soprano Nadine Sierra Named as the Recipient of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award
The Prestigious Award, One of the Industry's Most Distinguished Honors for a Young Artist, Carries a $50,000 Cash Prize
SOPRANO NADINE SIERRA was named today as the winner of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award. Announced by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, the award—one of the industry's most prestigious recognitions for up-and-coming artists and also one of the most prescient in identifying singers on the verge of stardom—carries a $50,000 cash prize.
Conferred annually by a panel of industry professionals on an American singer deemed to be on the threshold of a major international career, the Tucker Award has gone to singers that have included Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Lawrence Brownlee, Matthew Polenzani and Christine Goerke. The twenty-eight-year-old Sierra will formally receive the award at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation's annual Gala, which will be held on Sunday, December 10 at Carnegie Hall.
“I cannot thank the Richard Tucker Music Foundation enough for this incredible honor and for all the support they’ve shown me since I first auditioned for a Sara Tucker Study Grant in 2010," said Sierra, who is currently in Venice preparing to sing the title role in performances of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro la Fenice. "I am humbled to receive this award and to follow in the very large footsteps of those who have preceded me."
“We are elated to have Nadine as our 2017 Richard Tucker Award winner," said Barry Tucker, president of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and son of the Brooklyn-born tenor. "Having known her since she was an undergraduate in college and been in awe of her talents even back then, I could not be more impressed by how she has developed as a singer. She possesses an artistic maturity that is well beyond her years and is destined to be a leading light of the opera world.”
Last month, Sierra sang the role of Ilia in Metropolitan Opera performances of Idomeneo, which played under the baton of music director emeritus James Levine, and, in September, the soprano sang Zerlina in Met performances of Don Giovanni. This season she will sing in three separate productions at the Paris Opera, including the season-opening performances of Cavalli's Eliogabalo and this past winter's performances of Die Zauberflöte, in which she sang Pamina; in May she returns to Paris Opera to sing the role of Gilda in the company's new production of Rigoletto. Next season will find her returning to the Met stage for performances as Susanna; she will also take on the title role in performances of Manon at San Francisco Opera, where she previously worked in the company's Adler Fellowship Program. Likewise, she will open the Royal Opera season as Musetta in the company's new production of La Bohème. Sierra recently signed an exclusive joint recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold, Universal Music Classic’s new U.S. label. To date, the soprano is the youngest singer to have won both the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
In addition to naming Sierra the winner of the Richard Tucker Award, the Foundation announced that ten young artists had been awarded study and career grants, with prizes of $5,000 and $10,000 respectively. Sara Tucker Study Grants, which go to seven young singers at the start of their professional careers, were awarded to countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, tenor Alexander McKissick, bass-baritone Christian Pursell, bass-baritone Cody Quattlebaum, mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven, tenor Jack Swanson, and soprano Vanessa Vasquez. Richard Tucker Career Grants, which are awarded to singers who have already launched their professional career, will go to bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee, and baritones John Chest and Anthony Clark Evans.
More information can be found at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, NadineSierra.com and the Opera News Archives.
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