The nun who won “The Voice” of Italy in 2014 and became a global sensation after her rendition of Alicia Keys’s “No One” went viral, is ready to blow New Yorkers away.
Sister Cristina Scuccia, 28, of Milan is set to perform at The Spirit of Christmas Concert hosted by Futures in Education on December 12 at Lincoln Center.
It will be her first performance on stage in the United States.
“I still feel small in front of big things,” Sister Cristina said through a translator. “I feel more nervous this time, but I feel great being able to help children learn more about the faith.”
The concert’s proceeds will go to scholarship money for inner-city students to attend Catholic School in Brooklyn and Queens.
Vicar for Development at the Diocese of Brooklyn Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, said he didn’t need to persuade Sister Cristina to perform at the concert.
He first contacted her covenant in Milan after seeing her on the news. Then, he flew her to New York in March to interview her.
“I told her about the event and the cause, and she was very interested in it,” Gigantiello said.
Sister Cristina said she feels a great responsibility to inspire future children.
Her goals are to inspire vocation because being a nun is “full of joy,” she said.
At the same time, she said she wants people to believe in dreams and give their dreams to God because He will always make them come true.
“She’s an inspiration for young people,” Gigantiello said. “She shows them that they don’t have to give up their talents in order to serve the Lord.”
Moreover, Sister Cristina said she found her vocation while singing and dancing on stage.
“To communicate and spread the love for God and to spread the faith on stage,” she said, “singing is a prayer.”
“My first impression of her is that she’s very humble even though she’s talented,” Gigantiello said. “You can see her first vocation is to her religious life and to the Lord.”
He flew her into New York for two days at the beginning of November to promote The Spirit of Christmas Concert.
Both Sister Cristina and the New York Tenors will each have a one-hour performance on the day of the concert. Then they will sing together in the finale.
However, Sister Cristina is keeping her choice of songs a secret.
“It’s going to be a beautiful concert,” Gigantiello said.
Ticket prices are from $45 to $125. They are available for purchase at Lincoln Center by phone; group sales can contact the Diocese of Brooklyn at 718-965-7308 ext. 1628.