She’s too unwell to sing Donna Anna next month

She’s too unwell to sing Donna Anna next month


norman lebrecht

July 21, 2019

Nadine Sierra, recovering from a bug, has cancelled her two appearances in Don Giovanni at the apparently hapless Chorégies d’Orange.

The US soprano instagrammed this picture ten days ago of her painfully slow recovery.

ForumOpera reports that she has been replaced by the Romanian Christina Pasaroiu.



  • J'aime la musique says:

    This reminds of students (and teachers) who “call in sick”and then post beach pictures on Facebook the same day. Very poor judgment in all cases, to say the least!

  • The photo is not a prognosis of how a virus might have ravaged vocal chords that need healing before an operatic marathon that could end a career. And wow, whatever happened to the fat lady soprano….?

    • Petros Linardos says:

      Exercising at the beach may be just what a good doctor prescribed.

      But posting beautiful beach photographs on social media can have other consequences, such as ending up on blogs, undermining one’s reputation, or both.

    • Walter says:

      You may be right about that, but I still believe she shows poor judgement by posting this right now

  • James says:

    It probably wasn’t the wisest thing for her to post that, but being on the beach and smiling doesn’t mean her vocal chords are in shape to sing.

  • Jack says:

    One can see why even the Duke of Mantua could be tempted to eschew a life of lechery for a Gilda with such a body!

  • Frank says:

    Wow. Guess I better start following Ms Sierra in Instagram. No fat sopranos there.

  • Bill says:

    I’m sick, I don’t think I’ll be able to sing well next month.

    OK, we’ll find someone else.

    [time passes]
    I’m feeling better now
    That’s nice, we hired someone else.
    Guess I’ll relax!

  • John Rook says:

    Glad she’s looking after herself discreetly and sensibly.

  • Mike Schachter says:

    Too many hashtags!

  • Novagerio says:

    Not a smart move Nadine…

  • Luca Postorino says:

    Instagram is for self-satisfied people obsessed with themselves.

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      As opposed to, what? . . . people who are miserable? . . people who are insecure and are trying to bolster their self esteem through Instagram? . . . people who just don’t care one way or the other? Their could a myriad of reasons why someone wants to use Instagram or any other ‘social media’ (which is neither).

  • Michael says:

    When are people going to wake up and realize that this “artist” doesn’t actually sing any performances? I can’t remember a time where she completed an entire run of shows without canceling at least one of them. She doesn’t seem to care about her fans or her work and just skates by with the minimum of effort. I doubt she even learned the role.

    If I were in a position to hire someone, she would be the last on my list because I know I’d have to be scrambling to find someone to replace her. There are lots of sopranos who actually show up to work.