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2016 Richard Tucker Award Winner Tamara Wilson

Appearing on Gala 2016 - Sunday October 30th at 6:00 pm

Live from Lincoln Center: From Bocelli to Barton: The Richard Tucker Opera Gala

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Gala 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016
6:00 pm
Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Jamie Barton
Lawrence Brownlee
Javier Camarena
Joyce DiDonato
Yusif Eyvazov
Renée Fleming
Anna Netrebko
Kristine Opolais
Nadine Sierra
2016 Richard Tucker Award Winner
Tamara Wilson

Maestro Asher Fisch
Members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
New York Choral Society


October 25th, 2016 |


Tucker Winners Live at The Greene Space

On Thursday, October 13, WQXR presented an evening of music and conversation featuring 2016 Richard Tucker Award-winner Tamara Wilson, Tucker Foundation grant recipients Erin Morley, Samantha Hankey and Andrew Stenson in a celebration of Mozart at The Greene Space in lower Manhattan. Together with pianist Brian Zeger, artistic director of The Juilliard School’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, they performed arias and duets from some of the composer’s most beloved operas, including Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and The Magic Flute and sat down for conversation with WQXR’s Nimet Habachy hosts.   Click here to view the archived video of the event!

October 5th, 2016 |

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2016 Richard Tucker Award

Richard Tucker Music Foundation Names Soprano Tamara Wilson as Winner of 2016 Richard Tucker Award

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is thrilled to announce that soprano Tamara Wilson – whose “voice of steely beauty and great power” (Houston Chronicle) has already won international accolades – has been named as winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award. Dubbed the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the Tucker Award carries the foundation’s most substantial cash prize of $50,000, and is conferred each year by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a major international career. Featuring such luminaries as Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Lawrence Brownlee, David Daniels, Christine Goerke and Joyce DiDonato, the list of past winners reads like a who’s who of American opera.

Wilson says:
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to receive the Richard Tucker Award. The Foundation has supported me since the beginning stages of my career, and to be given its top honor is amazing. I jumped around in my room for a solid ten minutes after my conversation with Barry Tucker!
“The Foundation is an invaluable resource for young American singers, enabling many young artists to jumpstart their careers in ways that would be impossible otherwise, and I look forward to joining the superb artistic ‘family’ of award winners that it has created.”

Barry Tucker, president of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and son of the Brooklyn-born tenor, comments:

“I first met Tamara Wilson when she auditioned for – and won – a Sara Tucker Study Grant in 2008. I was blown away not only by the power and sheer beauty of her voice, but also by how grounded she is as a person. Last year, when I was listening to the Saturday matinee broadcast of Aida from the Met and realized it was her singing the title role, I couldn’t have been more impressed by how she’s evolved as an artist. She has a bright future ahead of her, and we are thrilled to have her as our 2016 Richard Tucker Award winner.”

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