The younger American soprano Nadine Sierra was in Venice rehearsing Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” on the ornate Teatro La Fenice the opposite day when her cellphone began ringing. She didn’t choose up. “I used to be having an orchestra rehearsal,” she defined.
It was not till the rehearsal was over that Ms. Sierra, 28, known as again from her dressing room and heard the excellent news: She had received the distinguished 2017 Richard Tucker Award, which comes with a money prize of $50,000 and a gala live performance, to be held Dec. 10 at Carnegie Corridor.
“It’s improbable,” Ms. Sierra stated by phone from Venice, referring to the award, which was formally introduced on Tuesday morning.
You’ll be able to hear her singing Gilda’s aria “Caro Nome” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto” at a 2015 stage rehearsal on the Metropolitan Opera right here:
The award was the newest accolade in a profession that began throughout her highschool days in Florida, when she started singing within the Palm Seashore Opera refrain. At 15, she sang on NPR’s program “From the High.” At 16, she sang the Sandman in a Palm Seashore manufacturing of “Hansel and Gretel” performed by Julius Rudel. She turned the youngest winner of each the Marilyn Horne Basis Vocal Competitors and the Metropolitan Opera Nationwide Council Auditions.
Barry Tucker, president of the Richard Tucker Music Basis — and…