Sara Tucker Study Grants

Sara Tucker Grants are supported by a generous grant from the Agnes Varis Trust

Eric Ferring tenor


Tenor Eric Ferring (25) was a top prize-winner at the 2017 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Voice Competition. As a second-year Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera, he has appeared as Spoletta in Tosca, Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, Ricky in The Long Walk, and Flask in Moby-Dick, and looks forward to headlining L’elisir d’amore and taking part in the world premiere production of Savage Winter. This fall he joins the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he will cover roles in IdomeneoIl trovatoreCendrillonLa traviata, and Ariodante. Originally from Dubuque, Iowa, he is a graduate of Drake University and the Boston Conservatory, and a former member of young artist programs at Opera Theater of St. Louis, Santa Fe Opera, and the Seagle Music Colony.

Theo Hoffman baritone


As a member of the Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Coburn-Stein Young Artist Program since 2016, baritone Theo Hoffman (24) has taken part in company productions of CandideCarmenLes contes d’HoffmannSalomeMacbeth, and Akhnaten. Having recently made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, given a solo recital at the Kennedy Center with Vocal Arts D.C., and sung the lead role of Joseph K. in Philip Glass’s The Trial at Opera Theater of St. Louis, his upcoming engagements include Flight at Des Moines Metro Opera, Bright Sheng’s The Silver River with Chamber Music Northwest, his third summer at Marlboro Music, and West Side Story at the Grand Teton Music Festival. Next season he returns to LA Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and makes his debut at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg. A native New Yorker, Hoffman was a Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2016 National Council Auditions and is a graduate of the Juilliard School.

David Leigh bass


Bass David Leigh (30) is in his second year at the Lindemann Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera, where he makes his debut this spring as the Surintendant in Cendrillon. He made his Aix-en-Provence festival debut last summer as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, which was also the vehicle for appearances at Florentine Opera and the Festival de Beaune. Upcoming engagements include Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Kennedy Center, singing Colline in La bohème for his Bolshoi Opera debut, and the role of Turbo in the world premiere production of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian at the Canadian Opera Company. Leigh has been a member of the young artist programs at Santa Fe Opera and Opera Theater of St. Louis. He studied composition at Yale, where he received both undergraduate and graduate degrees, before earning a Master’s from Mannes College of Music. He has received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and Fort Worth Opera’s McCammon Voice Competition, among others.

Brian Michael Moore tenor


Tenor Brian Michael Moore (25) is a second-year member of the Domingo-Coburn-Stein Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera, where he has performed or covered roles in CandideNabuccoCarmenSalomeDie Entführung aus dem SerailMacbeth, and Akhnaten. Other notable engagements have included performances as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Italy’s Spoleto Festival and the Duke in Rigoletto for Asheville Lyric Opera. A participant in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and the Aspen Music Festival, he also performed numerous roles while earning his degree at Manhattan School of Music. Moore was born in Cincinnati, and has won recognition from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Spoleto Festival, and the Kennedy Center VSA Young Soloists.

Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez soprano


A first-year member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, soprano Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez (25) is a recent graduate of the Boston Conservatory and Boston University’s Opera Institute, where her notable roles include the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro and the title role in Emmeline. In concert, she recently sang the First Lady in excerpts from Die Zauberflöte with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, and Mimì in excerpts from La bohème with the Boston Civic Symphony. Upcoming engagements include roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony with the Santa Cruz Symphony, a collaboration with the Nuremberg Symphony, concerts in the Metropolitan Opera’s “Concerts in the Parks” series, and participation in Germany’s Internationale Meistersinger Akademie. A finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Reyes de Ramírez is Nicaraguan-American, and was born in Meriden, Connecticut.

Zoie Reams mezzo-soprano


As second-year studio artist with the Houston Grand Opera, mezzo-soprano Zoie Reams(25) has sung or covered roles in company productions of La traviataElektraWest Side StoryGiulio Cesare, and Norma. Last season she took part in Houston’s world premieres of It’s a Wonderful Life and Some Light Emerges, as well as appearing in Nixon in China. She has also appeared as Suzuki in Madame Butterfly at Opera Columbus, as Tituba in The Crucible at Glimmerglass Opera, and as Clarice in Rossini’s La pietra del paragone at Wolf Trap Opera. A Chicago native, and a graduate of Lawrence University and Louisiana State University, Reams won recognition from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Eleanor McCollum Competition, and the Classical Singer Competition.

Kyle van Schoonhoven tenor


Tenor Kyle van Schoonhoven (29) is currently an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera, where he made his stage debut as the Young Servant in Elektra, covered Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and looks forward to covering Froh in Das Rheingold, Siegmund in Die Walküre, and Cavaradossi in Tosca. Other 2018-19 engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the San Antonio Symphony. A 2017 winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, he also received the Nicolai Gedda Memorial Award from the George London Foundation and awards from the Brava! Opera Theater and the Jensen Foundation. Van Schoonhoven hails from Lockport, New York, and holds degrees from the Fredonia School of Music and Westminster Choir College.

Sara Tucker Study Grant Winners 1998-2016

  • 2017 Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Alexander McKissick, Christian Pursell, Cody Quattlebaum, Taylor Raven, Jack Swanson, Vanessa Vasquez
  • 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 Zharoff
  • 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