Soprano Nadine Sierra will receive the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, a prestigious recognition that honors a single opera performer who is on the cusp of a breakout international career. The award, which comes with a $50,000 cash prize, will be presented at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s annual gala December 10 at Carnegie Hall.
At 28 years old, Sierra has performed in opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Paris Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, and Zürich Opera. Her recent roles include Gilda in Rigoletto, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Ilia in Idomeneo. She will soon sing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro la Fenice.
The Florida native made her professional debut with the Palm Beach Opera prior to graduating from New York’s Mannes College of Music. She is the youngest winner to date of both the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Past Richard Tucker Award honorees include Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Stephanie Blythe, Joyce DiDonato, Matthew Polenzani, Lawrence Brownlee, Stephen Costello, Michael Fabiano, and Jamie Barton.
Listen to Sierra perform Lucia di Lammermoor’s “Regnava nel silenzio” at the 2016 Richard Tucker Gala, below.