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Amelia Sierra is a soprano and mezzo-soprano opera singer from Mexico.[1] Sierra was born in Mexico City and completed
her musical studies with the Escuela Superior de Música of the INBA. She has studied under Maritza Alemán, James
Demster, Mario Alberto Hernández and Ricardo Sánchez as well as Magda Olivero, Montserrat Caballé, Ramón Vargas,
Francisco Araiza, Carmo Barbosa, Dalton Baldwin, Dolores Aldea, Lara Pasquinelli, Joan Dornemann, Tito Capobianco and
Susan Young . [2] While in training, she received recognition with Best Performance at the FONCA-OCJM in 1995, third place
in the Carlo Morelli National Singing Contest and first place the OSUG Competition, both in 1996. She also received
recognition by the National Coordination of Music and Opera in 1996. She has received various grants for performing from the
Education for Art Program at the University of Guanajuato and SIVAM. [3] She continues to study informally in various
workshops in New York City.[2]

She has performed a number of classic roles as well as sung in new works which premiered in Mexico.[1] She debuted as a
soloist in 1996 with the Carlos Chávez Symphonic Orchestra.[2] She debuted with the Bellas Artes Opera in 2002 as
Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni and appeared again in 2004 in Il prigioniero by Dallapiccola and as Elvira in the
world premier of the work Ambrosio by Mexican composer José Antonio Guzmán. In 2007, she sang the role of Madame
Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmelites by Poulenc, the first time in fifty years the play was performed in Mexico.[3] .[4] Some of
her other opera appearances include Un ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore, Simon Boccanegra and Macbeth by Verdi; Don
Giovanni, Così fan tutte and Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart; Iphigénie en Tauride by Glück, Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini, I
pagliacci by Leoncavallo, as well as Suor Angelica, La bohème, Tosca and Turandot by Puccini. [3] .[5] She participated in a
tour of opera for children, sponsored by CONACULTA .[4] In addition to performing in operatic theater, she also performs
Baroque music as well as traditional Mexican and Spanish music at festivals and in radio programs, especially with pianist
Carlos Pecero. She has performed at a number of festivals in Mexico, such as the Festival Internacional Cervantino in
Guanajuato and the Festival Ortiz Tirado in Sonora .[6][3][7] She has also performed at the Festival AMUBIS in Cartago,
Costa Rica and at the University of Toronto .[3] She has performed with a number of national orchestras, such as Orquesta
de Cámara de la Universidad Michoacana and OFUNAM .[1] .[8][9]
Since 1997, Sierra has two to major teaching positions. The first was at the Singing Academy of the Escuela Superior de
Música of INBA. She currently teaches at the Celaya Music Conservatory.[3] She has also promoted the establishment of an
opera company OPTA (Opera for Tampico) in Tampico, Tamaulipas . [4] Since 1998, Sierra has received four grants for study
and performance from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. Her most recent was to train to sing as a mezzo
soprano with her first appearance as such in Il Trovatore by Verdi, which was performed in Monterrey in 2011.(homepage)

References
   1. ^ a b c "Amelia Sierra"   (in Spanish). Retrieved October 24, 2011.
   2. ^ a b c "Biografía"   (in Spanish). Retrieved October 24, 2011.
   3. ^ a b c d e f "Biografía Curriculum vitae"   (in Spanish). Retrieved October 24, 2011.
   4. ^   abc  Blanca Serna (August 4, 2010). "Amelia Sierra y su Sensibilidad Para la Opera [Amelia Sierra and her sensitivity to
        Opera]" (in Spanish). El Sol de Tampico (Tampico, Tamaulipas). Retrieved October 24, 2010.
   5.   ^ "Repertorio" (in Spanish). Retrieved October 24, 2011.
   6.   ^ Yohan Uribe (October 16, 2011). "Trasmitirá Frecuencia UAL conciertos del Cervantino [UAL will transmit Cervantino concerts]"
        (in Spanish). El Siglo de Torreon (Torreon, Mexico). Retrieved October 24, 2010.
   7.   ^ "Amelia Sierra" (in Spanish). Sonora, Mexico: Festival Ortiz Tirado. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
   8.   ^ Rogelio Macías Sánchez (March 14, 2006). "Hermoso concierto de la OCUM [Beautiful concert at OCUM]" (in Spanish).
        Cambio de Michoacán (Morelia, Mexico). Retrieved October 24, 2010.
   9.   ^ "OFUNAM Temporada 2002-2003: Invierno [OFUNAM Season 2002-2003:Winter]" (in Spanish). Mexico City: UNAM. Retrieved
        October 24, 2011.
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