Richard Tucker Career Grant

2017 Richard Tucker Career Grants

Nicholas Brownlee bass-baritone, 27

The recipient of a 2016 Sara Tucker Study Grant, Nicholas Brownlee was the first-prize winner of the 2016 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, won the Zarzuela prize at Operalia 2016, and won the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is concluding his final season as a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist at Los Angeles Opera. In the 2016-17 season, Brownlee made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the First Soldier in Salome under the baton of Johannes Debus, joined Los Angeles Opera for a production of Salome and returns there later this month for Tosca. His debut at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, was singing Escamillo in Calixto Bieito’s production of Carmen. He also sings Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Recent role debuts at Los Angeles Opera include Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly, and Captain Gardiner in Moby-Dick, all conducted by James Conlon during the 2015-2016 season. He also sang Colline in La bohème at LA Opera led by Gustavo Dudamel, and debuted at Atlanta Opera in the same role. With the LA Philharmonic, he sang the Doctor in Pelléas et Melisande with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting.

John Chest baritone, 31

American baritone John Chest is winner of both the prestigious 2010 Stella Maris International Vocal Competition and the Arleen Auger Prize in the 2012 Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition. Until September 2016 he was a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where his roles included the title role of Billy Budd in a new production by David Alden, Valentin in Faust, Ford in Falstaff, Silvio in Pagliacci, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. Highlights of the 2016-17 season include Conte Almaviva at Opera Philadelphia, Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby at Staatsoper Dresden, and a return to Berlin for the title role of Billy Budd. Future performances include major roles at the Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.

Anthony Clark Evans baritone, 32

Winner of a 2014 Sara Tucker Study Grant, rising American baritone Anthony Clark Evans makes major debuts in the 2016-2017 season, beginning with Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at San Francisco Opera. Earlier this season, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Huntsman in Rusalka, while also covering Riccardo in I puritani. Last season, Evans made debuts with San Diego Opera as Sharpless and with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Marcello in La bohème. He returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago to create the role of Simon Thibault in the world premiere of Bel Canto, adapted from Ann Patchett’s bestselling novel by composer Jimmy Lopez and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz. Evans recently completed a two-year tenure at Lyric Opera of Chicago’s prestigious Ryan Opera Center, where he was heard as Montano in Otello for his debut with the company, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, the Jailer in Tosca, the Servant in Capriccio, the Huntsman in Rusalka, and the Commissario in La traviata. Recent concert engagements include Fauré’s Requiem with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and his Ravinia Festival debut in Bernstein’s Songfest with Ensemble Dal Niente.

Richard Tucker Career Grant Winners 1981-2016

  • 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