For many years, Elīna Garanča and Karel Mark Chichon have been encouraging young, emerging talents of the opera to join them in performing for “Classic under Stars”. It many cases, these performances have been followed by the start of an international career, like Valentina Nafornitja or Bryan Hymel. For this year Garanča and Chichon again invited a very special female guest from the USA: Nadine Sierra. Nadine Sierra is an acclaimed newcomer to the opera world.

The artist, who grew up in Florida, USA, is praised for her vocal beauty, her incomparable technique and her high musicality and is currently regarded as one of the most promising young talents of the opera. In 2017 she was awarded the "Richard Tucker Award Winner" and in 2018 she received the "Beverly Sills Artist Award" from the Metropolitan Opera New York. After numerous successful debuts at the Met, at the Teatro alla Scala, at the Opéra national de Paris and at the Staatsoper Berlin, she has become a fixture in many of the best hotels in the world. In the current season, Sierra sings the role of Nannetta in Falstaff at the Berlin State Opera as well as the Gilda in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera New York. She has been heard in numerous concerts around the world, including the Teatro La Fenice Venice, Carnegie Hall New York, Madison Square Garden New York, Baden Baden, Bordeaux, Prague, Pittsburgh, Paris, Dallas, Mexico City and also in the Vienna Musikverein.

In summer her debut album "There's a Place for Us" was released by Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music.

Nadine Sierra is, in the best sense of the word, a "modern singer": She is outstanding in singing and her beauty has been recognized by magazines such as Vogue, Nylon, Opera News or Bon Appetite, so Sierra has appeared as a cover model and divergent TV shows several times for use. In order to arouse the interest in opera among young people, she is also active on social media and communicates with her fans by answering daily news, comments and questions. Thus, she gives her followers an insight into the life of a modern opera singer.