Awards and Grants

The Richard Tucker Career Grant

2015 Richard Tucker Career Grants


Brandon Cedel, Bass-Baritone, 27

Bass-Baritone Brandon Cedel, a winner of a 2012 Sara Tucker Study Grant, is a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program. He made his Glyndebourne Opera debut as Masetto in Don Giovanni and also sang subsequent performances of Leporello.  Other recent appearances have included roles in Die Frau Ohne Schatten and Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk at the Met, Colline in La bohème with Boston Lyric Opera, Pirro in I Lombardi with OONY, and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Geneva Opera.  Upcoming engagements include Basilio in Barbiere with Pittsburg Opera, Masetto in Munich and Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Philadelphia Opera.  A graduate of the Curtis Insititute, Mr. Cedel was a winner of the Met Opera’s National Council Auditions in 2013 and of award from the Sullivan, George London, Liedekranz and Lissner Competitions, among others.

Benjamin Bliss, Tenor, 29

Tenor Benjamin Bliss, a winner of a 2014 Sara Tucker Study Grant, is in his second year of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Bliss made his Met debut as Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger and next season will sing Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Seraglio led by Maestro Levine. Bliss’s other 2015-2016 season engagements include Belmonte on tour with the Glyndebourne Festival, Tony in highlights of West Side Story on tour with the NY Phil, Tamino in LA Opera’s The Magic Flute, and Flamand in Capriccio at the Santa Fe Opera. From 2011-13 Mr. Bliss was a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program and made his LA Opera debut as Benvolio in Roméo et Juliette.  Mr. Bliss is the 2013 Operalia Zarzuela Prize recipient and received awards from the Lissner, Sullivan and Albanese/Puccini Foundations and Opera Index.  From Prairie Village, Kansas Mr. Bliss holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production and a Minor in Music from Chapman University.


Michael Sumuel, Bass-baritone, 29

A graduate of the Houston Opera Studio, bass-baritone Michael Sumuel began the 2014-2015 season with his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Masetto in Don Giovanni , then returned to Houston Grand Opera as Papageno in The Magic Flute and to Glyndebourne as Junius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Mr. Sumuel opened the 2013-2014 season in Houston as Frank in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. Other upcoming engagements include Escamillo with San Franicisco Opera and a return to Glyndbourne in 2016 as Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This season also marked his debut with the Baltimore Symphony in Handel’s Messiah and the title role in Le nozze di Figaro at Central City Opera.   Mr. Sumuel’s competition accolades include being a 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Finalist and a co-winner of the 2009 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. Mr. Sumuel is an alumnus of the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera Center and the Filene Young Artist program at Wolf Trap Opera. Mr. Sumuel holds degrees from both Columbus State University and Rice University.


Richard Tucker Career Grant Winners 1981-2014


Ryan Speedo Green, Anthony Kalil, Rachel Willis-Sørensen


Erin Morley, Nadine Sierra


Jamie Barton, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Nicholas Pallesen, Jennifer Rowley


Paul Appleby, Tamara Wilson

Anthony Roth Costanzo, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Russell Thomas

Jordan Bisch, Lisette Oropesa, Amber Wagner

Susanna Phillips, Angela Meade, Timothy Mix

Meredith Arwady, Stephen Costello, Jason Collins

Kate Aldrich, Jordan Bisch, Quinn Kelsey, Dimitri Pittas, Gerald Thompson

Anna Christy, Latonia Moore, Brian Mulligan

Morris Robinson, Garrett Sorenson, Erin Wall

Lawrence Brownlee, Kyle Ketelsen, Erik Nelsen Werner

Patrick Carfizzi, Ian Greenlaw, Oren Gradus

Eric Cutler, Jill Grove, Maria Kanyova, Jennifer Welch-Babidge

Stephanie Novacek, Matthew Polenzani, Valerian Ruminski, Chad Shelton

Nicole Heaston, Scott Hendricks, Norman Shankle, Mel Ulrich

Kristine Jepson, Bejun Mehta, Thomas Studebaker, Gregory Turay

Stephanie Blythe, Christine Goerke, Nathan Gunn, Kelley Nassief

Raymond Aceto, Michelle DeYoung, Phyllis Pancella, Raymond Very

Raymond Aceto, Stephen Morscheck, Earle Patriarco, Robert Perry

Steven Condy, Kim Josephson, Earle Patriarco, Marie Plette

Brian Asawa, Kevin Bell, Elizabeth Jones, Stuart Neill, Mark Oswald

Jason Alexander, Elizabeth Futral, Jan Grissom, Patricia Racette, Mary Ann McCormick

Constance Hauman, Maureen O’Flynn, Paul Groves, David Pittsinger, Robynne Redmon, Richard Zeller

Susan Graham, Alan J. Held, John T. Keyes, Emily Manhart, Ruth Ann Swenson

Harolyn Blackwell, Christine Brewer, Renée Fleming, Stanford Olsen, Ealynn Voss

Richard Cowan, Alan J. Held, James McGuire, Robynne Redmon

Frances Ginsberg, Alessandra Marc, Monte Pederson, Deborah Voigt

Cynthia Haymon, Alessandra Marc, Patricia Schuman, Margaret Jane Wray

Gwenneth Bean, Harolyn Blackwell, Kevin Maynor, Chris Merritt

Richard Leech, Tonio di Paolo, Leslie Richards-Pelligrini, Denise Woods

Kevin Langan, Suzanne Mentzer, Erie Mills, Cornelius Sullivan

Jerry Hadley, Hei-Kyung Hong, Marion Vernette Moore, Pamela Myers

June Anderson, Marion Vernette Moore, Roberta Palmer, James Stith