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Mannes Alumna Nadine Sierra Captures Top Irish Singing Prize

Nadine Sierra in a 2010 tutorial with legendary Mannes voice teacher Ruth Falcon (Photo: Matt Sussman/The New School, 2010)

With a lively, colorful performance of Musetta’s Waltz from La Boheme, recent Mannes College The New School for Music graduate Nadine Sierra (BM, ’10) has captured first-place honors in the 2013 Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition.  Topping a field of more than 70 young artists from around the world, the soprano was on January 31st awarded a cash prize and performance opportunities throughout the United Kingdom. The triennial competition, held in Dublin, Ireland, honors Veronica Dunne, the grand dame of Irish singing.

Sierra is no stranger to national and international honors. In 2009, she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals, and in 2007 was the youngest person ever to win the Music Academy of the West’s Marilyn Horne Foundation Award.

To hear Sierra talk about her honor—and, of course, sing—check out her next-day interview with RTÉ Irish Radio.

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