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24 April 2018

Soprano Nadine Sierra Named as Recipient of Metropolitan Opera's Thirteenth Annual Beverly Sills Award for Young Artists

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SOPRANO NADINE SIERRA was named today as the winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s thirteenth annual Beverly Sills Artist Award. 

The award, which carries a $50,000 prize, is given annually to an extraordinarily gifted singer between the ages of twenty-five and forty-years-old who has already appeared in a featured solo role at the Met. Given in honor of Beverly Sills, the prize was inaugurated in 2006 with an endowment gift by the late Agnes Varis, and is meant to help further recipients’ careers by providing funding for voice lessons, coaching, language lessons, related travel costs and other professional assistance. Past recipients have included Nathan Gunn, Joyce DiDonato, Matthew Polenzani, John Relyea, Susanna Phillips, Isabel Leonard, Angela Meade, Bryan Hymel, Michael Fabiano, Quinn Kelsey, Ailyn Pérez and Jamie Barton.

“This award is a true gift to singers because it honors not only a beautiful artist in Beverly Sills, but treasures the legacy she left behind,” Sierra said in a statement issued today by the Met. “It's not enough to say that I'm honored to be receiving it, but more that I feel incredibly humbled. Opera can and should belong to anyone who has the pleasure of witnessing its timeless beauty. I believe Ms. Sills, through all of her achievements and generosity of sharing this music with people around the world for many decades, would certainly agree. I'm very thankful to the Metropolitan Opera for selecting me as the recipient of such a meaningful and empowering award.”

In 2009, Sierra became the youngest ever winner of the Met’s National Council Auditions; she made her company stage debut in 2015 singing Gilda in the Met’s production of Rigoletto. She has since followed those performances with three Mozart roles at the Met — Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Ilia in Idomeneo and, earlier this season, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. Next season she will reprise the role of Gilda in a revival of Verdi’s opera. 

Sierra, a native of Florida, made her professional debut with Palm Beach Opera while still a teenager. She studied at Mannes College of Music and later worked as an Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera, where she made her debut in 20111 as Juliet/Barbara in the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis's Heart of a Soldier. Recent performances include Gilda at La Scala, Chorégies d'Orange, Opéra Bastille and Seattle Opera; Lucia at La Fenice, San Francisco Opera and Zürich Opera; Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Flavia Gemmira in Eliogabalo at Paris Opéra; Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Norina in Don Pasquale in Valencia; Musetta in La Bohème, Countess Almaviva in Figaro and Pamina in Zauberflöte at San Francisco Opera; and Nannetta in Falstaff  at the Staatsoper Berlin. In June she will take on the role of Norina in Paris Opéra performances of Don Pasquale. 

In addition to the Sills Award, Sierra has been the recipient of the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition and, in 2017, was named as the winner of the Richard Tucker Award. spacer 

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