Awards & Grants

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation annually bestows a variety of cash prizes to individual singers.  Only U.S. born citizens can be considered.  Singers must be nominated for the awards.  There is no application process.

Nadine Sierra. 2017 Richard Tucker Award recipient

Nominations for all the categories are solicited from a wide universe of professionals in the US and abroad. Those invited to audition in New York City 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 will sing two arias – they choose the first aria and the judging panel chooses the second.  Below is a description of the guidelines for each award.

The Grants program is made possible by generous support from the Agnes Varis Trust.

The Richard Tucker Award

The Richard Tucker Award is selected by conferral, rather than audition.  This prestigious award carries not only the name of Richard Tucker and a cash prize of $50,000, but also a stellar list of past recipients.  The operative guideline for the Richard Tucker Award is that it be awarded to an American singer poised on the edge of a major national and international career, and it is hoped that the award acts as a well-timed catalyst to elevate the artist’s career to even greater heights.

Richard Tucker Career Grants

Richard Tucker Career Grant winners are selected each year for unrestricted grants of $10,000 each.  A Career Grant candidate should have a fair amount of performing experience in professional companies and is generally 36 years of age or under.

Sara Tucker Study Grants

Sara Tucker Study Grant winners are selected each year for unrestricted grants of $5,000 each.  A Study Grant candidate should be making the transition from student to professional singer. A candidate should have recently completed a graduate degree program or work in a young artist or Apprentice program at a regional company and is generally under 30 years of age. Such singers have had various performing opportunities, but not in major roles.

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Richard Tucker Award

2017 Nadine Sierra, soprano

2016 Tamara Wilson
2015 Jamie Barton
2014 Michael Fabiano
2013 Isabel Leonard
2012 Ailyn Pérez
2011 Angela Meade
2010 James Valenti
2009 Stephen Costello
2008 No Award Given
2007 Brandon Jovanovich
2006 Lawrence Brownlee
2005 Eric Cutler
2004 Matthew Polenzani
2003 John Relyea
2002 Joyce DiDonato
2001 Christine Goerke
2000 Gregory Turay
1999 Stephanie Blythe
1998 Patricia Racette
1997 David Daniels
1996 Dwayne Croft
1995 Paul Groves
1994 Jennifer Larmore
1993 Ruth Ann Swenson
1992 Deborah Voigt
1991 No Award Given
1990 Renée Fleming
1989 Margaret Jane Wray
1988 Richard Leech
1987 Harry Dworchak
1986 Dolora Zajick
1985 Aprile Millo
1984 Roger Roloff
1983 Susan Dunn
1982 No Award Given
1981 J. Patrick Raftery
1980 Barry McCauley
1979 Diana Soviero
1978 Rockwell Blake

Richard Tucker Career Grant

2017 Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone
2017 John Chest, baritone
2017 Anthony Clark Evans, baritone

2016 J’nai Bridges, Joshua Guerrero, Amanda Woodbury
2015
Benjamin Bliss, Brandon Cedel, Michael Sumuel
2014
Ryan Speedo green, Anthony Kalil, Rachel Willis-Sørensen
2013
Erin Morley, Nadine Sierra
2012
Jamie Barton, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Nicholas Pallesen, Jennifer Rowley
2011
Paul Appleby, Tamara Wilson
2010 Anthony Roth Costanzo, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Russel Thomas
2009 Jordan Bisch, Lisette Oropesa, Amber Wagner
2008 Susanna Phillips, Angela Meade, Timothy Mix
2007 Meredith Arwady, Stephen Costello, Jason Collins
2006 Kate Aldrich, Jordan Bisch, Quinn Kelsey, Dimitri Pittas, Gerald Thompson
2005 Anna Christy, Latonia Moore, Brian Mulligan
2004 Morris Robinson, Garrett Sorenson, Erin Wall
2003 Lawrence Brownlee, Kyle Ketelsen, Erik Nelsen Werner
2002 Patrick Carfizzi, Ian Greenlaw, Oren Gradus
2001 Eric Cutler, Jill Grove, Maria Kanyova, Jennifer Welch-Babidge
2000 Stephanie Novacek, Matthew Polenzani, Valerian Ruminski, Chad Shelton
1999 Nicole Heaston, Scott Hendricks, Norman Shankle, Mel Ulrich
1998 Kristine Jepson, Bejun Mehta, Thomas Studebaker, Gregory Turay
1997 Stephanie Blythe, Christine Goerke, Nathan Gunn, Kelley Nassief
1996 Raymond Aceto, Michelle DeYoung, Phyllis Pancella, Raymond Very
1995 Raymond Aceto, Stephen Morscheck, Earle Patriarco, Robert Perry
1994 Steven Condy, Kim Josephson, Earle Patriarco, Marie Plette
1993 Brian Asawa, Kevin Bell, Elizabeth Jones, Stuart Neill, Mark Oswald
1992 Jason Alexander, Elizabeth Futral, Jan Grissom, Patricia Racette, Mary Ann McCormick
1991 Constance Hauman, Maureen O’Flynn, Paul Groves, David Pittsinger, Robynne Redmon, Richard Zeller
1990 Susan Graham, Alan J. Held, John T. Keyes, Emily Manhart, Ruth Ann Swenson
1989 Harolyn Blackwell, Christine Brewer, Renée Fleming, Stanford Olsen, Ealynn Voss
1988 Richard Cowan, Alan J. Held, James McGuire, Robynne Redmon
1987 Frances Ginsberg, Alessandra Marc, Monte Pederson, Deborah Voigt
1986 Cynthia Haymon, Alessandra Marc, Patricia Schuman, Margaret Jane Wray
1985 Gwenneth Bean, Harolyn Blackwell, Kevin Maynor, Chris Merritt
1984 Richard Leech, Tonio di Paolo, Leslie Richards-Pelligrini, Denise Woods
1983 Kevin Langan, Suzanne Mentzer, Erie Mills, Cornelius Sullivan
1982 Jerry Hadley, Hei-Kyung Hong, Marion Vernette Moore, Pamela Myers
1981 June Anderson, Marion Vernette Moore, Roberta Palmer, James Stith

Sara Tucker Study Grant

2017 Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor
2017 Alexander McKissick, tenor
2017 Christian Pursell, bass-baritone
2017 Cody Quattlebaum, bass-baritone
2017 Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano
2017 Jack Swanson, tenor
2017 Vanessa Vasquez, soprano

2016 Michael Brandenburg, Nicholas Brownlee, Samantha Hankey, Megan Mikailovna Samarin, Laura Wilde
2015 Julie Adams, D’Ana Lombard, Sean Michael Plumb, Reginald Smith, Jr.
2014 Benjamin Bliss, Anthony Clark Evans, Patrick Guetti, John Holiday, Amanda Woodbury
2013 Tracy Cox, Anthony Kalil,Will Liverman, Zachary Nelson, Lauren Snouffer
2012 J’nai Bridges, Brandon Cedel, Scott Connor, Mark Diamond, Margaret Mezzacappa
2011 Jennifer Johnson Cano, Ryan Speedo Green, Cecelia Hall, Andrew Stenson, Elizabeth Zharof
2010 Leah Crocetto, Nathaniel Peake, Nadine Sierra, Rachel Willis-Sørensen
2009 Paul Appleby, Valentina Fleer, Joélle Harvey
2008 Caitlin Lynch, Heidi Melton, Tamara Wilson
2007 Michael Fabiano, Amanda Majeski, Lisette Oropesa, Alek Shrader
2006 Stephen Costello, Ann McMahon Quintero, Trevor Scheunemann
2005 Jordan Bisch, Michael Todd Simpson, Dimitri Pittas
2004 Carolyn Betty, Sarah Coburn, Quinn Kelsey, Laquita Mitchell
2003 Brian Mulligan, Garrett Sorenson, Christian Van Horn
2002 Meredith Arwady, Michael Maniaci, Erin Marie Wall, Kristine Winkler
2001 Jennifer Check, Ian Greenlaw, Jossie Pérez, Barbara Quintiliani
2000 Eric Cutler, Latonia Moore, Celena Nelson Shafer, Joshua Winograde
1999 Galen Scott Bower, Patrick Carfizzi, Theodore Green, Jennifer Welch
1998 Sari Gruber, Mark McCrory, William Andrew Stuckey, Maris Vipulis

Robert M. Jacobson Study Grants 1988-1997

1997 John Autry, Daniel Belcher, Meagan Miller, Charles Reid
1996 Jill Grove, Nicole Heaston, Thomas Studebaker, Gregory Turay
1995 Eric J. Owens, John Packard, Emily Pulley, Laura Tucker
1994 Richard Clement, Christine Goerke, John Packard, Laura Tucker
1993 Kelly Anderson, Margaret Lattimore, Gary Lehman, Janelle Robinson
1992 Janice Chandler, Mary Dunleavy, Derrick Lawrence, Marie Plette
1991 Steven J. Condy, Daniel Smith, Tracey Welborn
1990 Denyce Graves, Camellia Johnson, Mark Oswald, Angela Randell
1989 Michael Forest, Phyllis Pancella, Tichina Vaughn
1988 Jeff Mattsey, Christopher Robertson, LeRoy Villanueva

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