Jamie Barton

2015 Richard Tucker Award winner

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Jamie Barton – 2015 Richard Tucker Award Winner

barton resizedRichard 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.”  

Jamie Barton

The winner of both the Main and the Song Prizes at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton has been described by The Guardian as “a great artist, no question, with an imperturbable steadiness of tone, and a nobility of utterance that invites comparison not so much with her contemporaries as with mid-20th century greats such as Kirsten Flagstad.” She is also a winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a Grammy nominee, a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant winner, and the Kennedy Center’s 2014 Marian Anderson Award recipient.

The mezzo-soprano’s 2014-15 season began with a debut at the San Francisco Opera as Adalgisa in Norma, a role that she previously sang to acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera, and followed with her first performances as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena in a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago. This summer she debuts the role of Azucena in Il Trovatore with the Cincinnati Opera and makes her company debut with the Seattle Opera as Fenena in Nabucco. Earlier this season Barton was a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in performances Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In coming months on the concert stage, she gives the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Work at Hand with the Pittsburgh Symphony and performs Verdi’s Requiem with the Toronto Symphony, adding to previous performances with the likes of the Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Melbourne Symphony. Barton has appeared in recital at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, among other top stages. She also been featured as a guest soloist in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Gala at Carnegie Hall and at the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher Hall. Future projects include returns to the Metropolitan Opera and the Houston Grand Opera and debuts at London’s Royal Opera House, Oper Frankfurt, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera, all in leading roles. A graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Barton attended Indiana University in Bloomington and received extensive training as a recitalist at Tanglewood Music Center.

For more information on Jamie, please visit her website at http://www.jamiebartonmezzo.com/

April 27th, 2015 |

2015 Tucker Grants Announced

 

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

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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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Richard Tucker Opera Gala: A New Century

2014 Richard Tucker Gala

The 2014 Richard Tucker Gala was held Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and was telecast by Live From Lincoln Center on PBS in January, 2015.    The entire concert, along with behind-the-scenes footage and special features, may be viewed at www.pbs.org by clicking here.

For pictures from the night of the Gala, please click here

Appearing on the concert were

Ildar Abdrazakov

Paul Appleby

Elena Bocharova

Joseph Calleja

Joyce El-Khoury

Ingeborg Gillebo

Željko Lučić

Angela Meade

Alexandra Silber

Pretty Yende

Michael Fabiano, 2014 Richard Tucker Award Winner

Maestro Emmanuel Villaume

New York Choral Society

 

 THE PROGRAM AS PERFORMED ON OCTOBER 12:

GIUSEPPE VERDI, “Tutto parea sorridere…Sì! de’ Corsari il fulmine” from Il corsaro

MICHAEL FABIANO, Tenor

 

VINCENZO BELLINI, “Qui la voce…Vien diletto” from I puritani

PRETTY YENDE, Soprano

 

GIUSEPPE VERDI, “Infelice!..e tuo credevi” from Ernani

ILDAR ABDRAZAKOV, Bass

NEW   YORK CHORAL SOCIETY

 

GIACOMO PUCCINI,  “E lucevan le stelle” from Tosca

JOSEPH CALLEJA, Tenor

 

JULES MASSENET, “Esprits de l’air” from Esclarmonde

ANGELA MEADE, Soprano; JENNIFER JOHNSON CANO, Mezzo-soprano

NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY

 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART, “Là ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni

INGEBORG GILLEBO, Mezzo-soprano; ILDAR ABDRAZAKOV, Bass

 

UMBERTO GIORDANO, “Nemico della patria” from Andrea Chenier

ŽELJKO LUČIĆ, Baritone

 

JULES MASSENET, “Pourquoi me réveiller” from Werther

JOSEPH CALLEJA, Tenor

 

JULES MASSENET,  “Toi! Vous!…N’est-ce plus ma main” from Manon

JOYCE EL-KHOURY, Soprano; MICHAEL FABIANO, Tenor

 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

“Pace, pace” from La forza del destino

ANGELA MEADE, Soprano

 

PIETRO MASCAGNI, “Regina Coeli…Inneggiamo” from Cavalleria rusticana

ELENA BOCHEROVA

NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY

 

PABLO SARAZABAL, “No puede ser” from La tabernera del puerto

JOSEPH CALLEJA, Tenor

 

LEONARD BERNSTEIN, “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story

PRETTY YENDE, Soprano

 

LEONARD BERNSTEIN, Balcony Scene from West Side Story

ALEXANDRA SILBER, Soprano; PAUL APPLEBY, Tenor

 

GAETANO DONIZETTI, Finale of Act II from Lucia di Lammermoor

ANGELA MEADE, Soprano

JENNIFER JOHNSON CANO, Mezzo-soprano

MICHAEL FABIANO, Tenor

ANDREW STENSON, Tenor

NICHOLAS PALLESEN, Baritone

ILDAR ABDRAZAKOV, Bass

NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY

 

 

October 9th, 2014 |

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