Nadine Sierra Is Your 2017 Richard Tucker Award Winner

By David Salazar

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.