Awards and Grants

The Richard Tucker Award

2014 Richard Tucker Award Winner Michael Fabiano

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. 

The recipient of the 2014 Richard Tucker Award , Michael Fabiano is considered one of the greatest young tenors in the world today. Michael is also the winner of the  Beverly Sills Artist Award for 2014.  In 2014/15, Mr. Fabiano will make his debuts at the Gran Teatre del Liceu as Alfredo in La traviata, sing the title role in Faust at the Australian Opera, and return to the San Francisco Opera for performances as Rodolfo in La bohème.

The 2013/14 season brings with it a variety of concerts and new productions for Mr. Fabiano. He returned to the Opéra National de Paris – Opéra Bastille for performances as Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, made his debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Rodolfo in La bohème, sang the Verdi Requiem in a special concert with the San Francisco Opera, and performed the role of Alfred in a new production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera. He will sing the title role in a new production of Gounod’s Faust at the Nederlandse Opera, and make his Glyndebourne debut as Alfredo in a new production of Verdi’s La traviata. In addition, Mr. Fabiano appeared in recital for Vocal Arts DC at the Kennedy Center and sang Corrado in Verdi’s Il corsaro with Washington Concert Opera.

Mr. Fabiano ushered in the 2012/13 season with his return to the Metropolitan Opera for performances as Cassio in Otello. He made his debuts at the Seattle Opera and Opera Lyra Ottawa as Rodolfo in La bohème, a role he also performed at the Dresden Semperoper. Mr. Fabiano made his debuts at the Casals Festival and with the Oslo Philharmonic in the Verdi Requiem, and with the San Francisco Symphony in two Beethoven concerts: the first featured the song cycle An die ferne Geliebte, and the second, the Missa Solemnis under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He created a sensation singing Oronte in Opera Orchestra of New York’s concert performance of Verdi’s I Lombardi alla prima Crociata in Avery Fisher Hall, performed in recital at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, made a highly acclaimed American recital debut as part of the distinguished Harriman-Jewell Series in Kansas City, MO, and this summer he debuted at the Santa Fe Opera as Alfredo in La traviata.

In the course of the 2011/12 season, Mr. Fabiano made his debuts at the San Francisco Opera as Gennaro in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, the Teatro Real as Christian in Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Los Angeles Philharmonic in the world premiere performances of the “Prologue” to Shostakovich’s opera Orango under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen, The Dream of Gerontius with the Wiener Symphoniker, Grant Park Music Festival (Verdi Requiem), and Rigoletto at Florida Grand Opera. He returned to the Dresden Semperoper for performances in Rigoletto and sang in a staged performance of the Verdi Requiem at Oper Köln. Mr. Fabiano debuted with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival, and at the Stern Grove Festival with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in showcases of arias and duets.

Mr. Fabiano has performed at many of the world’s leading opera houses; a list that includes: the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Real, Opéra National de Paris, La Scala, Asociacíon Bilbaina de Amigos de la Ópera, Dresden Semperoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, English National Opera, and the Teatro San Carlo. In addition, he has graced the concert stages with some of the world’s most acclaimed orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony.

Mr. Fabiano portrayed Gennaro in the English National Opera’s production of Lucrezia Borgia, in the first-ever, live, 3D simulcast of an opera, and stars in the same role in the DVD of the San Francisco Opera’s production of this opera. He was the tenor soloist in the European broadcast of the Verdi Requiem with the Oslo Philharmonic, and is prominently featured on the world premiere recording of the “Prologue” to Shostakovich’s opera Orango under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen (Deutsche Grammophon).

Mr. Fabiano is the winner of numerous competitions, most notably Grand Prize Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

For more information on Michael Fabiano, visit his web site


Richard Tucker Award Winners

2014 Michael Fabiano
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