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Richard Tucker Music Foundation Study & Career Grants Auditions at 92nd Street Y, April 9 & 10: Free & Open to Public

Before they became headliners at the Met, many of today’s best-known opera singers – including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Nathan Gunn and Angela Meade – participated in the Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s by-invitation-only study and career grants auditions. Held annually over two days at the 92nd Street Y, the performances are free and open to the public and showcase some of the finest young talent in opera. This year’s auditions for the Sara Tucker Study Grants and Richard Tucker Career Grants take place on Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 10, at the 92nd Street Y. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation annually bestows a variety of cash prizes to individual singers. Singers are nominated for the awards; nominations are solicited from a wide universe of professionals in the US and abroad. Those invited to audition in NYC each spring are asked to prepare five arias (one of which must be in English) that indicate the range, maturity, variety and color of the individual voice.  Usually each artist sings two arias: they choose the first aria and the judging panel chooses the second.

Richard Tucker Career Grant candidates have a fair amount of performing experience in professional companies and are generally 36 years of age or under. Sara Tucker Study Grant candidates are making the transition from student to professional singer. They have recently completed a graduate degree program or worked in a young artist or Apprentice program at a regional company, and are generally under 30 years of age. Such singers have had various performing opportunities, but not in major roles.

March 8th, 2012 |