Release date: 4/16/2012

San Francisco Opera Center Presents Soprano Nadine Sierra with Pianist Tamara Sanikidze

Sunday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary

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San Francisco Opera Center continues the 30th season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals on Sunday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary (Two Lake Street, at Arguello, in San Francisco). Soprano and second-year Adler Fellow Nadine Sierra will perform an eclectic program of works by Bernstein, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Villa-Lobos and Braga, with accompaniment by pianist and former Adler Fellow Tamara Sanikidze.
 
The first half of soprano Nadine Sierra’s diverse recital program will include song cycles by Claude Debussy (Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse) and Sergei Rachmaninoff (Six Romances Op. 38). The second half of the program features four songs from Leonard Bernstein’s whimsical La Bonne Cuisine and a collection of songs from Heitor Villa-Lobos’s cycle Modinhas e Canções. Concluding the program are Villa-Lobos’s “Melodia Sentimental” and Ernani Braga’s “Engenho novo.”
 
A 2010 Merola alumna and second-year Adler Fellow, Nadine Sierra made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2011 creating the roles of Juliet and Maria in Christopher Theofanidis and Donna DiNovelli’s Heart of a Soldier. A winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Sierra’s upcoming engagements include Anne Truelove in The Rake’s Progress with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchesta and Papagena in The Magic Flute this summer with San Francisco Opera. Sierra will perform this recital program again in May for her solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
 
The Schwabacher Debut Recitals have been endowed in perpetuity by the generosity of the late James Schwabacher. A celebrated Bay Area singer, recitalist, scholar and teacher, James Schwabacher was a co-founder of the Merola Opera Program. The Schwabacher Debut Recitals have introduced the artistry of world-renowned opera singers, including Susan Graham, Anna Netrebko, Deborah Voigt, Brian Asawa and Thomas Hampson. The recitals provide an opportunity to hear a wealth of song literature ranging from Baroque masterpieces and Romantic-era classics to newly commissioned works.
 
2012 SCHWABACHER DEBUT RECITALS
Presented by San Francisco Opera Center
                                                                                   
Sunday, April 29, 5:30 p.m.               Martin Meyer Sanctuary, Temple Emanu-El,                                                                                  2 Lake Street, San Francisco
Nadine Sierra, soprano
Tamara Sanikidze, piano
 
PROGRAM:
CLAUDE DEBUSSY / Quatre Chansons de Jeunesse
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF / Six Romances, Op. 38
LEONARD BERNSTEIN / Songs from La Bonne Cuisine
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS / Songs from Modinhas e Canções
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS / “Melodia Sentimental”
ERNANI BRAGA / “Engenho novo”
 
TICKETS & INFORMATION:
Single tickets for the Schwabacher Debut Recitals are $25. Tickets may be purchased by calling the San Francisco Opera Box Office (Mon. 10 am-5 pm, Tues.-Fri. 10 am-6 pm) at (415) 864-3330. Student Rush tickets are available for $15 at Temple Emanu-El 30 minutes prior to each recital (limit of two tickets per person; valid ID is required), subject to availability. Casting, programs, schedules and ticket prices are subject to change.