Congratulations Met Council Auditions Winner Nadine Sierra

Our congratulations and best wishes go to 20-year-old soprano and From the Top alumna Nadine Sierra, who was the only female winner in yesterday’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals in New York. Nadine first appeared on From the Top when she was 15 and wowed our audience with her beautiful performance of “O, Mio Babbino Caro” from Gianni Schicchi.

Nadine Sierra on From the Top at 15 years old.

Nadine Sierra on From the Top at 15 years old.

Currently a student at The Mannes College of Music, Nadine has also trained with the International Vocal Arts Institute, The Music Academy of the West, and was a member of the Palm Beach Opera’s Young Artist Program from 2002 through 2006. She made her recital debut in 2007 in New York in Marilyn Horne’s “On Wings of Song” recital series. This season, Nadine’s younger sister Melanie performed on From the Top.

Bravo to Nadine! See a video with Nadine.

Congratulations to Chaz Salazar – From the Top Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist!

Congratulations to 16-year-old Chaz Salazar on receiving From the Top’s $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. The Phoenix, Arizona flutist began studying music at his public school when he was 10 years old. He continues to study flute at Rosie’s House in Phoenix and participates in Arizona’s High School All-State Orchestra and the Phoenix Youth Symphony. He will use his Young Artist award money to attend a summer music festival in Canada and to travel for college auditions.

Chaz Salazar performs on From the Top

Chaz Salazar performs on From the Top

Check out his performance of Francis Poulenc‘s Sonata for Flute and Piano on From The Top’s broadcast from Mesa, Arizona on your local NPR stations this week and online at

Read more about Chaz in the Arizona Republic.


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