Nadine Sierra was made for opera—and how we experience opera in the 21st century
Nadine Sierra is one of the most in-demand sopranos in the business right now. Her new album on Deutsche Grammophon, Made for Opera, is a beautiful expression of the role opera has played in her life, and in more ways than one.
Her interest in opera was sparked by a VHS tape of a Franco Zeffirelli production of La bohème as a child; she also got a lot of inspiration to sing from her grandmother, whose experiences informed the roles Sierra selected for this album.
Both the production and the album offer ways to think about these characters in a modern context, and I got a chance to talk with her on the phone about them.