Nadine Sierra Is Your 2017 Richard Tucker Award Winner

(Credit: Merri Cyr) Sierra is the 2017 winner of the Richard Tucker Award.

Nadine Sierra is the winner of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award.

The 28-year-old soprano, a previous recipient of a 2010 Sara Tucker Study Grant and a 2013 Richard Tucker Career Grant, follows in the line of such major artists as Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Lawrence Brownlee, Matthew Polenzani, Christine Goerke and Joyce DiDonato to win the prestigious award. The 2016 award winner was Tamara Wilson.

“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. I am humbled to receive this award and to follow in the very large footsteps of those who have preceded me,” the soprano stated in a press release.

Sierra is coming off a hugely praised run of “Idomeneo” at the Metropolitan Opera where she played the role of Ilia. Regarding her work, OperaWire stated “Sierra, whose voice is of a sweet complexion, expressed Ilia’s anxiety through a coarser tone, the phrasing jagged at times. But as Ilia’s comfort grew throughout the evening, her voice developed a sunnier quality that was exemplified during the second aria ‘Se il padre perdei,’ her legato refined.”

Sierra will be the centerpiece of the annual gala, which features all of opera’s greatest stars. This year’s event will be held on Dec. 10, 2017, at Carnegie Hall. The award comes with a $50,000 cash prize.

About the Author

David Salazar
Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

1 Comment on "Nadine Sierra Is Your 2017 Richard Tucker Award Winner"

  1. Der Fliegende Amerikaner | April 18, 2017 at 2:57 pm | Reply

    Well deserved. I attended her performance of Gilda at La Scala in February 2016 and even when ill (as announced on stage before curtain by Pereira) her voice was beautiful.

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