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Gala 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Jamie Barton

2015 Richard Tucker Award winner

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Gala 2015 – Sunday, November 1 at 6:30 pm

Join us for the annual Richard Tucker Opera Gala!

Richard Tucker Music Foundation
Gala 2015

Piotr Beczala
Andrea Bocelli
Lawrence Brownlee
Stephen Costello
Renée Fleming
George Gagnidze
Angela Gheorghiu
Christine Goerke
Isabel Leonard
Nadine Sierra

Jamie Barton
2015 Richard Tucker Award winner

Maestro Eugene Kohn
Members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
New York Choral Society

Sunday, November 1, 2015
6:30 pm
David Geffen Hall
Lincoln Center

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August 10th, 2015 |

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Jamie Barton – 2015 Richard Tucker Award Winner

Richard Tucker Music Foundation Names American Mezzo-Soprano Jamie Barton as Winner of 2015 Richard Tucker Award

 The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is delighted to announce that mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton—whom the New Yorker has praised as “a fresh wonder of the opera world, possessing a voice of preternatural beauty and power”—is the winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award. Often referred to as the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” this prestigious honor carries the foundation’s most generous cash prize, $50,000, and is conferred annually by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a major international career. Previous winners of the award include such luminaries as Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, Stephanie Blythe, David Daniels, Angela Meade and Joyce DiDonato.

 “I don’t think I’ve ever been as speechless as I was when Barry Tucker called me to give me the news that I’d won the Richard Tucker Award,” said Barton on the phone from Houston, where she is currently singing Fricka in Die Walküre with the Houston Grand Opera. “I’m overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude. The Tucker Foundation has been a musical family for me for years now, and to be given its top prize is an absolute honor.”

“I first heard Jamie Barton at the 2012 Tucker auditions when she sang ‘O mio Fernando’ from Donizetti’s La Favorita – she gave me goose-bumps,” recalled Barry Tucker, president of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and son of the Brooklyn-born tenor. “When I heard her, I thought to myself: ‘This is a once-in-a-generation voice.’ We are absolutely elated that she is our 2015 Richard Tucker Award winner.”  

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April 27th, 2015 |


2015 Tucker Grants Announced


Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Grants!

For more detailed information, please click here.

Sara Tucker Study Grants

Julie Adams, Soprano

D’Ana Lombard, Soprano

Sean Michael Plumb, Baritone

Reginald Smith, Jr, Baritone

Richard Tucker Career Grants

Benjamin Bliss, Tenor

Brandon Cedel, Bass-baritone

Michael Sumuel, Bass-baritone

April 27th, 2015 |


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