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Soprano Nadine Sierra in concert. University of Miami

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Tonight I went to a wonderful opera recital at the University of Miami Gusman Concert Hall. I usually don’t review recitals, but this time I will make an exception, because the woman who stood up there for two hours literally stole my heart.

She is the young Fort Lauderdale soprano Miss Nadine Sierra. I’m not afraid to predict right now that this dazzling brunette beauty is really on her path to an spectacular entrance onto the operatic stage. For what she said in between songs and arias, she inherited her voice from her Portuguese grandmother and her Sicilian father. Miss Sierra is a truly lyric soprano capable of tremendous coloratura-(her “Ah, Je Veux Vivre!” was just exquisite), and it looks as if she’s already exploring the spinto soprano repertoire.

The program consisted on the delightful “Ruhe Sanft-Zaide” by Mozart, “Ein Traum” by Grieg, “Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse” by Debussy, “Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios” by Rodrigo, “Bachianas Brasileiras # 5” by Villa- Lobos and “Beautiful Dreamer” by Stephen Foster. The main courses of the night were the “Ah, Je..”, the “Caro Nome” and her spectacular rendition of “Oh mio Babbino Caro”, which put the house on her feet.

Lovely voice, beautiful girl, and next she will be joining the Adler Fellows at the San Francisco Opera for the 2011-2013 season, where she will sing main stage roles.

San Fran people here…KEEP AN EYE ON MISS SIERRA!!!

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I agree about Sierra's promise. She was in the Young Artists program at Palm Beach Opera when she was only 15 or 16, so I know her early work. Even then, she had remarkable stage presence and musical intelligence.

A few years ago, our local performing arts center hosted a visit from "From the Top," the public radio showcase for young classical arts students. Already, she seemed the most charismatic and professional among this talented group. Since then, she's worked closely with Marilyn Horne and has been a winner of the National Finals of the Metropolitan Opera Competition.

I'm thrilled to hear about her opportunity at the San Francisco Opera.

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