August 13, 2024
Nadine Sierra, Thomas Hampson, Vlad Iftinca
Exceptional lyrical evening
With Thomas Hampson, whose discography totals over 170 albums, most of them Grammy and Edison Award winners. And at his side, the wonderful soprano Nadine Sierra, whom you were lucky enough to discover at La Moutte a year ago. An immense evening of opera not to be missed under any circumstances!


Category 1 - 80€
Category 2 - 60€
Category 3 - 40€
Reduced rate (cat. 2 et 3) - 30€
PMR : Reservations by telephone required

Château de la Moutte - Courtyard
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Nadine Sierra
"Her voice with its pure, incisive and delicate timbre radiates tenderness in the middle register, while she floats her golden high register to the limits of audibility ." - Le Monde
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. In 2018, Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music labels released her debut album, There’s a Place for Us, followed by a second album, Made For Opera, in 2022.
In the 2022/23 season, Sierra appear as Violetta (La traviata) at Metropolitan Opera, Gilda (Rigoletto) at Teatro di San Carlo and at the Staatsoper Berlin, Manon at Gran Teatre del Liceu. Moreover, she makes her role debuts as Amina (La sonnambula) and Liù (Turandot) at Teatro Real. On the concert platform, she sings Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ein deutsches Requiem at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as concerts and recitals in San Francisco, Prague, Paris and Budapest.
Sierra’s most recent seasons included the roles of Violetta at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Lucia at Metropolitan Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Teatro di San Carlo and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Gilda at Paris Opera and Teatro alla Scala, Adina (L'elisir d'amore) at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Gilda under the baton of Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Berlin, where she also appeared as Nannetta (Falstaff) and Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier); Susanna and Gilda at the Metropolitan Opera, Manon and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) at the Opéra national de Bordeaux. Concert appearances included appearances with Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Antonio Pappano. She also performed in recital at Palm Beach Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève and in Kansas City (Harriman-Jewell Series), and she joined Andrea Bocelli in a tour across the States.
Other notable engagements from past seasons include the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro La Fenice, Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Flavia (Eliogabalo), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Norina (Don Pasquale) at Opéra National de Paris, Zerlina and Ilia (Idomeneo) at the Metropolitan Opera, Juliette, Lucia, Musetta, Pamina and Contessa at San Francisco Opera. 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, Musikverein in Vienna, Tanglewood and Ravinia music festivals, Dallas Opera, Park Avenue Armory in NYCm, 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 Florida. Although 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 Vogue, Nylon, Bon 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.
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Thomas Hampson
Long recognised as one of the most innovative musicians of our time, American baritone Thomas Hampson has received countless international honours for his singular artistry and cultural leadership. His operatic repertoire is comprised of more than 80 roles, and his discography includes more than 170 albums, with multiple nominations and winners of the GRAMMY Award, Edison Award, and the Grand Prix du Disque.

Hampson opened the 2023/24 season performing Walton's “Belshazzar's Feast" with Klaus Mäkelä and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms which had The Guardian writing his "ever compelling" singing. He goes on to perform the piece with The Cleveland Orchestra and Klaus Mäkelä later this season. Hampson sings Mahler's “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with Jaap van Zweden as well as with the Athens State Orchestra and joins the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi on their European Tour. Hampson also reunites with the Janoska Ensemble for a New Year's Eve Gala at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

Further highlights include performances of Weill’s “Four Walt Whitman Songs” with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Alan Gilbert, and a semi-staged production which Hampson also directs, of Mozart’s famous opera “Così fan tutte” with the Orchestre National de Lyon and Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider. Thomas Hampson will once again return to the stage with Evgeny Kissin to perform “Address Unknown” at the Marylebone Theatre, London. In recital, he will appear in Kronberg, Krün, Heidelberg and Schloss Elmau with pianist Wolfram Rieger. Thomas Hampson will also return to Waiblingen for the annual Internationale Opernwerkstatt, where he leads masterclasses, and he returns for the sixth edition of Schubert Week at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. Hampson continues as Director of Heidelberger Frühling Liedakademie which supports singers and pianists from all over the world.

Last season also saw him return to the opera stage, where Hampson made his role debut as Richard Nixon in Adams' “Nixon in China” at Opéra national de Paris, led by Gustavo Dudamel. His debut received critical acclaim, with Res Musica hailing, "The casting, dominated by Thomas Hampson's noble, luminous voice, calls for nothing but praise." Hampson starred as Creonte in a concert version of Haydn’s last opera “L’anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice” together with Cecilia Bartoli at the Salzburger Festspiele. In concert, he opened the season with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, led by Daniel Hope, and joined Martha Argerich for a performance in Lucerne.

He is an honorary professor of Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg and an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music. In addition to several Honorary Doctorates, he is the Kammersänger of the Wiener Staatsoper and Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France. In 2017 he received the Hugo Wolf Medal, together with Wolfram Rieger. He is the co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Lied Academy Heidelberg, in 2003, he founded the Hampsong Foundation, through which he uses the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding. His international master class schedule is a continuing online resource of, the Manhattan School of Music, and The Hampsong Foundation livestream channel. Additionally, he serves as an Advisor for Opera for Peace.
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Vlad Iftinca
Pianist and conductor Vlad Iftinca is currently part of the 2023-2024 Staatsoper Stuttgart music staff roster and also music director of the Opera Studio.

Between 2007-2014, he held the position of staff coach in the Lindemann Young Artists Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera where he has been also part of the mainstage music staff between 2007-2019.

He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, The Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School.

Mr. Iftinca has collaborated in recital with distinguished artists such as Regina Resnik, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Deborah Voigt, Thomas Hampson, Hei Kyung Hong, Luca Pisaroni, Lisette Oropesa, Erin Morley, Isabel Leonard and Elza van der Heever.

Concert venues include Frankfurt Oper, Opernhaus Zurich, Max Joseph Saal in Munich, Palau des Arts in Valencia, Soirées Musicales d’Arles, Beijing Music Festival, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall “Great Singers” Recital Series, Alice Tully Hall, Los Angeles Opera, the Seoul Performing Arts Center, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and the Ravinia Festival’s recital series.

He can be heard alongside Lisette Oropesa in her first commercially released recording ‘Within/Without’, Live in Recital.

As a conductor, he has led performances at Staatsoper Stuttgart, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Oper Frankfurt, Opera San Antonio, TriCities Opera, Romanian National Opera in Bucharest and Opera on the Avalon.

Recent engagements include music staff at Ravinia Festival, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera and Cantofest Summer Programs in Portugal and Serbia and SIVAM Mexico City.

Vlad Iftinca has been featured on the “Met Stars in Concert” recital series, in a live concert from Royal Opera of Versailles along Nadine Sierra, Aylin Perez and Isabel Leonard. In April 2022, he returned to Carnegie Hall for a recital with soprano Elza van den Heever and joined baritone Thomas Hampson in a ‘Song of America’ program at the 2022 Summer Turku Music Festival in Finland.

Future engagements include conducting performances of Die Zauberflöte and Il Trovatore at Staatsoper Stuttgart