Richard Tucker Career Grant

2017 Richard Tucker Career Grants

Andrea Carroll soprano


Soprano Andrea Carroll (28) is an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera, where she has performed more than 25 roles, including Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, and Norina in Don Pasquale. This spring she returns to Houston Grand Opera as Maria in West Side Story and gives recitals under the auspices of the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Philharmonic. In addition to upcoming roles in Vienna, she also looks forward to singing Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles in Houston. Recent career highlights include numerous appearances as a member of the Opera Studio at Houston Grand Opera, including Musetta in La bohème, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Woglinde in Das Rheingold, and Anne in A Little Night Music. She has sung Gilda in Rigoletto with Palm Beach Opera, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande with Garsington Opera, and Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas with Washington National Opera. Carroll is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and has received awards from the Eleanor McCollum Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Liederkranz, Lissner, Shoshana, and Sullivan Foundations.

Samantha Hankey mezzo-soprano


The recipient of a 2016 Sara Tucker Study Grant, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey (26) took first prize at this spring’s inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup. A native of Marshfield, Massachusetts, this season she made debuts as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia in Oslo, as Siébel in Faust in Geneva, and at Carnegie Hall in The Messiah with Musica Sacra. Next season, she looks forward to singing numerous roles at the Metropolitan Opera, including Mercédès in Carmen, Wellgunde in Das Rheingold, Pantalis in Mefistofele, Mlle Dangeville in Adriana Lecouvreur and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto. She is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School, where she won a Vocal Arts Honors Recital award and appeared in Agrippina and Katya Kabanova. As a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, she headlined La Cenerentola in summer 2017. Her previous honors include awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Dallas Opera Guild Competition, and the Lissner Foundation.

Jack Swanson tenor


As the recipient of a 2017 Sara Tucker Study Grant, tenor Jack Swanson (26) is one of the few young singers to receive the foundation’s Study and Career Grants in consecutive years. On the heels of two milestone debuts – at Los Angeles Opera as Candide and at Glyndebourne as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia – he now looks forward to engagements as Almaviva at Kansas City Opera, in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and as Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri for his Santa Fe Opera debut. Next season he makes his first Oslo appearances as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, and sings Alfred in Die Fledermaus at Palm Beach Opera and Sam Kaplan in Street Scenein Cologne. Recent career highlights include portrayals of Camille in The Merry Widowwith Winter Opera St. Louis, Ramiro in La Cenerentola with Opera Delaware, and Albazar in Il turco in Italia with Garsington Opera. In concert he has appeared with orchestras including the Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Oregon Symphony. In addition to his Sara Tucker Study Grant, he has received awards and recognition from the Eleanor McCollum Competition and Glyndebourne Opera Cup, among others. Swanson is a native of Stillwater, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma before earning his Master’s at Rice University.

Richard Tucker Career Grant Winners 1981-2016

  • 2017 Nicholas Brownlee, John Chest, Anthony Clark Evans
  • 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, Russell 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