Made in America with Soprano Nadine Sierra and Daniel Gilbert, Clarinet

Sunday, August 2 at 4PM

Chamber Concert & Meet the Musicians 

Classical Tahoe Pavilion

Copland: “Appalachian Spring”
Yurika Mok, Violin; Brian Krinke, Violin; Gennady Filimonov, Violin; Annamae Goldstein, Violin; Desiree Elsevier, Viola; Catherine Ro, Viola; Mariko Wyrick, Cello; Lanny Paykin, Cello; Daniel Krekeler, Bass; Anna Stoytcheva, Piano; Erik Gratton, Flute; Daniel Gilbert, Clarinet; Whitney Crockett, Bassoon

Gershwin: Blues from “An American in Paris”
Dan Gilbert, Clarinet; Donna Lee, Piano

Songs of George Gershwin and Cole Porter
Nadine Sierra, SopranoJoel Revzen, Piano

The bucolic Appalachian Spring, played here in the original version for 14 instruments, begins
an afternoon of American favorites, including Gershwin’s “Blues from An American in Paris’
featuring Classical Tahoe Principal Clarinet Dan Gilbert.

Nadine Sierra once again graces the Classical Tahoe Pavilion stage, this time with Maestro
Revzen at the piano, as they perform American Songbook classics of Gershwin, Porter, and

Chamber concerts display the individual artistry of  Classical Tahoe musicians in an intimate

Meet the Musicians is a casual exchange of ideas with the concert’s musicians that unfolds
organically either on-stage or following the performance in the courtyard. Music and conversation – beautiful and personal.

Also Experience in Season 9: A Night at The Opera with Nadine Sierra

A Night at the Opera with Nadine Sierra

Friday, August 31 at 7PM

Orchestra Concert 

Classical Tahoe Pavilion

Mozart: Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro
Verdi: “Caro Nome” from Rigoletto
Bellini: “O Quante Volte” from I Capuletti e Montecchi
Mozart: “Ruhe Sanft” from Zaide
Gounod: “The Jewel Song” from Faust
Nadine Sierra, Soprano
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, ”Italian”

Nadine Sierra, soprano sensation recently seen in The Marriage of Figaro at the
Metropolitan Opera, takes the stage during the opening night performance at Classical
Tahoe Festival Season 9.

Sierra, a much-heralded opera star, will treat opening night audiences to an evening of
aria favorites, including the innocent “Caro Nome” from Rigoletto, the leaps of Bellini’s
Capuletti heroine in “O quante Volte”, a rare gem from Mozart: “Ruhe Sanft”, and the
riveting “Jewel Song” from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette.

Maestro Joel Revzen closes the first night of the nine-concert series with composer
Mendelssohn’s bright and exuberant Symphony No. 4 – the Classical Tahoe Orchestra’s
virtuosity will be on full display.

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Nadine Sierra


Praised for her vocal beauty, seamless technique, and abundant musicality, Nadine Sierra is being hailed as one of the most promising, young talents in opera today. She was named the Richard Tucker Award Winner in 2017 and was awarded the 2018 Beverly Sills Artist Award by the Metropolitan Opera. Having made a string of successful debuts at the Met, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris, and Staatsoper Berlin, she has become a fixture at many of the top houses around the world. On August 24th, 2018, her debut album, There’s a Place for Us, will be released under the Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music labels.

In the 2018-19 season, Sierra reprises the role of Nannetta in Falstaff at the Staatsoper Berlin, Gilda in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera, makes her highly anticipated house and role debut as Manon at the Opéra national de Bordeaux, and performs Gilda, one of her signature roles, in Staatsoper Berlin’s new production of Rigoletto, under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Her season is also comprised of multiple concerts around the world, including Maria in a concert-version of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story with Antonio Pappano at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and newly appointed Metropolitan Opera Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Teatro La Fenice’s televised Capodanno celebration, the Richard Tucker Gala at Carnegie Hall, and her concert debuts in Prague, Bordeaux, and Baden-Baden. She joins Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden in NYC, TD Garden in Boston, PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and will return to Paris, Dallas, and Mexico City to give solo concerts.

Ms. Sierra’s 2017-18 season included her role debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro La Fenice, her role debut as Nannetta in Falstaff at the Staatsoper Berlin, Norina in Don Pasquale at the Opéra National de Paris, a concert tour with Andrea Bocelli, solo recitals with the Dallas Opera and at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC, and appearances at both the Tanglewood and Ravinia music festivals.

Other notable engagements from past seasons include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Flavia in Eliogabalo, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Gilda in Rigoletto at Opéra national de Paris. She has also performed Gilda, Zerlina and made her role debut as Ilia in Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera. At the San Francisco Opera, she has performed Lucia, Musetta, Pamina, and Contessa and in 2016, she and Leo Nucci made headlines after her house debut in Rigoletto at Teatro alla Scala when, on opening night, they were prompted by the audience to encore the duet, breaking a La Scala tradition dating back to Toscanini. Among many of her concert appearances ranging from Carnegie Hall, Arena di Verona, and the Musikverein in Vienna, the soprano also had the privilege and honor of performing twice at the U.S. Supreme Court for the Honorable Justices.

Throughout Ms. Sierra’s young career, she has taken home several awards and is the youngest winner to date for both the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as recounted by Nick Romeo in his book Driven: Six Incredible Musical Journeys (2011), a chapter of which is devoted to Sierra’s Grand Finals triumph. She also took home first prizes in 2010 at the George London Competition, Gerda Lissner International Competition, and Loren Zachary Competition, and was a recipient of a Richard Tucker Music Foundation Study Grant. In 2013, she placed first at the Neue Stimmen, Caballé, and Veronica Dunne International Singing Competitions, and won a Richard Tucker Music Foundation Career Grant.

Ms. Sierra fell in love with opera at a young age, after watching a VHS of La bohème, and began voice lessons at the age of six in her home state of FloridaAlthough she made her professional debut as a teenager with the Palm Beach Opera, she decided to continue studying, and received her bachelor’s degree from Mannes College the New School for Music. Following graduation, she went on to participate in the Adler Fellowship Program at the San Francisco Opera, forming a lasting relationship with the company.

She has been featured in VogueNylonBon Appetite, Opera News, on the cover of Classical Singer magazine, and numerous international TV and print media. She maintains an active presence on social media, where she interacts with her followers by answering messages, comments and questions on a daily basis. On her instagram profile, she has launched two successful series, Mornings with Nadine and Notes from Nadine, giving her followers an exclusive look at the life of a modern-day opera singer. Ask her your questions on instagram @nadine.sierra.

Daniel Gilbert


Clarinetist Daniel Gilbert joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as Associate Professor of Clarinet in 2007. Previously, he held the position of second clarinet in the Cleveland Orchestra from 1995 to 2007. A native of New York City, Gilbert received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and both a Master of Music degree and Professional Studies certificate from the Juilliard School. Prior to joining the Cleveland Orchestra, Gilbert was an active freelancer in New York City, appearing regularly with groups including: the Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theater, the New Jersey Symphony, Solisti New York, the Stamford Symphony and the New Haven Symphony, where he played principal clarinet from 1992 to 1995. Gilbert was a member of the Quintet of the Americas during that time touring throughout the United States and in residence at Northwestern University.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Gilbert has appeared at the Round Top Festival, Classical Tahoe Festival, Festival Napa Valley, the Aspen Music Festival, the Maui Chamber Music Festival, the St. Barth’s Music Festival, Music on the Hill, the Rhode Island Music Festival, and the Cape Cod Music Festival, among others. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cleveland Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, Classical Tahoe orchestra, the Reno Chamber orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, Solisti New York and the Aspen Chamber Orchestra. Gilbert also performs extensively with his wife, the pianist Donna Lee. The duo has given recitals throughout the United States to critical acclaim.

Aside from his position at the University of Michigan, Gilbert also serves on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University. In addition, Gilbert is on the faculty of the Colorado College Music Festival, for which he is also principal clarinet of the chamber orchestra. Gilbert is the principal clarinet of CityMusic Cleveland, Classical Tahoe, and Festival Napa Valley and a part of Gerard Schwartz’s All Star orchestra, which is currently recording its third season for PBS. Gilbert formerly served on the faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  His teachers have included David Weber, Robert Marcellus, Stanley Hasty, Richard Waller, Burt Hara and Judith Kalin-Freeman. Gilbert is an artist/clinician for Backun Clarinets and the DANSR/Vandoren Company. He plays exclusively on Backun and Vandoren products.

To sponsor guest soloists Nadine Sierra or Daniel Gilbert, sponsor a concert, or dedicate a piece of music on this program, inquire with Karen Craig, Executive Director. Benefits available with Named Gift Opportunities.