Performance Friday, May 11, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Nadine Sierra
Carol Wong

Weill Recital Hall
At the early age of 23, Nadine Sierra is already an experienced performer. She entered the Palm Beach Opera Young Artist Program at 14, and by 19 received a rave review from The New York Times for a performance that exuded “elegance and confidence.” Currently an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera, this season she performs in the company’s world premiere of Heart of a Soldier and Die Zauberflöte.


  • Nadine Sierra, Soprano
  • Carol Wong, Piano


  • DEBUSSY Quatre chansons de jeunesse
  • RACHMANINOFF 6 Songs, Op. 38
  • BERNSTEIN La bonne cuisine
    ·· Plum Pudding
    ·· Ox-tails
    ·· Tavouk Gueunksis
    ·· Rabbit at Top Speed
  • VILLA-LOBOS Modinhas e canções, Series I
  • VILLA-LOBOS "Melodia sentimental"
  • BRAGA "Engenho novo"

  • Encore:
  • GRIEG "Ein Traum," Op. 48, No. 6


  • Nadine Sierra

    In 2011-2012, rising young soprano Nadine Sierra has appeared at the San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of Heart of a Soldier and in Die Zauberflöte, and  made her debut at the Florida Grand Opera as Gilda in Rigoletto. She recently made her debut at the Boston Lyric Opera as Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream,  returned to the Palm Beach Opera in the title role of Orfeo ed Euridice,  and appeared in Gotham Chamber Opera's critically acclaimed production of Montsalvatge's El gato con botas. Next season, she makes her debut at the Seattle Opera as Mimi in La bohème.

    A graduate of Mannes College The New School for Music, Ms. Sierra is currently an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera. She was previously a member of that opera company's Merola Opera Program, where she appeared as Adina in L'elisir d'amore. Ms. Sierra has also participated in the Palm Beach Opera Young Artist Program, the International Vocal Arts Institute, and Music Academy of the West. Her roles have included Sandman in Hänsel und Gretel,  Beth in Little Women,  and Despina in Cosí fan tutte.  In recital, she has been presented in New York City by the Marilyn Horne Foundation and appeared in an American song recital with Thomas Hampson at the United States Supreme Court.

    Ms. Sierra's many awards include Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2009), second place in the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition (2009), a winner of the George London Competition (2010), first place in the Gerda Lissner International Competition (2010), and first place in the Loren Zachary Competition (2010).

    For more information about Nadine Sierra-including interviews, videos, and sound clips-visit

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  • Carol Wong

    Pianist Carol Wong has performed at many prestigious institutions across the US, including Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has also been heard on radio broadcasts on WQXR in New York, K-Mozart in Los Angeles, and NPR's Performance Today.

    In 2009, Ms. Wong was invited by Marilyn Horne to perform on tour with other Marilyn Horne Foundation artists in concerts throughout Italy, Croatia, Greece, and Turkey. She also led master classes at Italy's Orvieto Musica festival, and was a guest performer and teacher for an underserved community in Hawaii.

    In 2008, Ms. Wong appeared in Germany, Norway, Turkey, and Peru. She was awarded a grant from Sing for Hope, an organization that supports world-class artists who donate time and talent to the humanitarian causes that inspire them. With her grant, she produced a recital in Santa Fe to benefit cancer care; the event was hosted by renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and included performances by Metropolitan Opera artists Susanna Phillips, Isabel Leonard, Joseph Kaiser, and Luca Pisaroni.

    Ms. Wong has appeared at the Ravinia, Aspen, Sarasota, and Banff festivals, as well as the Beaux Arts Festival in France, where she won the Distinction Award. Other honors include the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation Award, the Irene Diamond Award, and the Marilyn Horne Foundation Award and the Laureate Award at Music Academy of the West.

    A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Ms. Wong made her concerto debut at age 11 with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra. She earned a master's degree from Indiana University under the tutelage of Menahem Pressler, a doctorate from Rutgers University, and an artist diploma from The Juilliard School.

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At a Glance

The young Claude Debussy wrote many of his early songs for the wife of a Parisian architect with whom he was infatuated. We hear four of his songs for the coloratura soprano Madame Marie-Blanche Vasnier, composed in the early 1880s and not published until 1926, after Debussy's death.

We end the first half with the great pianist-composer Sergei Rachmaninoff's last song opus before leaving Russia in 1917. For the rich songs of Op. 38, he turned to poetry by Russia's newer Symbolist poets.

Next, we meet Leonard Bernstein in gourmand-mode, with four hilariously indigestible recipes from a French cookbook as rendered into witty English (his own translation) and even wittier music.

Two composers famous for their incorporation of indigenous Brazilian music into their own "fine-art" compositions round out the second half. We hear one set of Heitor Villa-Lobos's modinhas ("love songs"), one song from his suite Forest of the Amazon (comprising music written for the film Green Mansions), and one selection from Francisco Braga's ingenious versions of folk songs from various regions of Brazil.
Program Notes



In her first Carnegie Hall Debut vlog, Nadine Sierra introduces herself, reveals another important debut, and what this means to her.

This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.
This performance is part of Great Singers III: Evenings of Song.

Part of