Nadine Sierra: I wanted to show them a different part of opera singers.

Praised for her vocal beauty, seamless technique, and abundant musicality, Nadine Sierra is being hailed as one of the most promising, young talents in opera today. She was named the Richard Tucker Award Winner in 2017 and was awarded the 2018 Beverly Sills Artist Award by the Metropolitan Opera. Having made a string of successful debuts at the Met, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris, and Staatsoper Berlin, she has become a fixture at many of the top houses around the world. On August 24th, 2018, her debut album, There’s a Place for Us, was released under the Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music labels. Her second solo album, Made For Opera, is scheduled for release on March 4th 2022 for Deutsche Grammophon. Ms. Sierra fell in love with opera at a young age, after watching a VHS of La Bohème, and began voice lessons at the age of six in her home state of Florida. Although she made her professional debut as a teenager with the Palm Beach Opera, she decided to continue studying, and received her bachelor’s degree from Mannes College the New School for Music. Following graduation, she went on to participate in the Adler Fellowship Program at the San Francisco Opera, forming a lasting relationship with the company. She has been featured in Vogue, Nylon, Bon Appetite, Opera New, on the cover of Classical Singer magazine, and numerous international TV and print media. She maintains an active presence on social media, where she interacts with her followers by answering messages, comments and questions on a daily basis. On her Instagram profile, she has launched two successful series, Mornings with Nadine and Notes from Nadine, giving her followers an exclusive look at the life of a modern-day opera singer.

Dear Nadine, it’s such a pleasure to finally get to talk to you! First of all, congratulations on your Lucia di Lammermoor at Bayerische Staatsoper on March 16th. It was such an amazing performance! You were amazing! How are you?

Thank you so much! The weather in Munich is wonderful, I’m enjoying this free sunny day, looking forward to the last performance tomorrow. I am very excited. I think my time in Munich has been really special and also kind of helpful to me. This is my second Lucia I did this year and I think this Lucia is prepping me for the next one at the MET and in that way it’s been quite helpful.  I played Lucia a few times in my life over the past three years, but, of course, because I was so young when I started, things have changed a lot with my voice and I had to refigure out how to sing Lucia the way I want to now and the way I can now. So, Munich was very helpful in this sense.

How about this production? It’s pretty exciting and, I don’t know if it’s the production itself or your vision on the character or maybe both, but you and your colleagues managed to create such an interesting and complex character and interaction among them.

I do like this production. I did it before in Barcelona with Javier Camarena and I loved it there. I think I love it a little bit better now, because we took a little more liberties, changed it a little bit, you know, we personalized the characters for ourselves and I think it worked well. But I’m not watching it from the outside so I can’t really say… 

I was wondering… who is your Lucia?

My Lucia is kind of a reflection of myself, honestly, and what I’ve been through in my life, because I have been through some personal things where I have felt absolutely oppressed by relationships, especially those with men, and those relationships almost destroyed me. I am a woman, so how in the world I was able to get my power back after living those kind of nasty things? So she’s a reflection of me a little bit, what I’ve been through. And how do you portray that to the audience not just vocally, but in a real personal way,  so that she’s not just this famous well known singing being, but how she is as a person and how is her struggle relatable? I want to make her more real, more tangible than I think she’s been in the past few years. Because we’ve seen Lucia mostly as like a super natural, super human being, rather than a real life young woman, who people can actually relate to with those struggles, you know what I mean?

Read the entire interview here, in the 3th/2022 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.

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