Mannes School of Music graduate, Nadine Sierra.

Mannes Grad Nadine Sierra Makes Met Debut

Nadine Sierra, Performance ’10, made her professional opera debut when she was barely old enough to drive, performing in the Palm Beach Opera’s production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. She has been a rising star ever since.

Sierra recently entered the stratosphere of the opera world, making her Metropolitan Opera debut in the company’s recent production of Rigoletto. New York Classical Review called her performance “beguiling.”

The soprano’s appearance at the Metropolitan Opera is impressive, if unsurprising. As a student at Mannes School of Music, she became the youngest winner to date of both the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition. Previously, she performed with Palm Beach Opera, San Francisco Opera, and on NPR.

In the 2015-2016 season, Sierra debuts at the Opéra National de Paris, La Scala, and Berlin Staatsoper. She sings her first Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for her inaugural performances in Paris, followed by Gilda in Rigoletto with both the Met in December and La Scala in January. In March, she joins Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper to sing her first amor in a new production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice designed by Frank Gehry and presented as part of the Berlin Festtage.