Awards and Grants

The Richard Tucker Career Grant

2016 Richard Tucker Career Grants


J’nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano, 28
Mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges is a recent alumna of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she was hailed as one of “Lyric’s brightest rising stars” (Chicago Tribune). Highlights of her three-year tenure included Inez in Il trovatore under Asher Fisch, Vlasta in Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger under Sir Andrew Davis, Flora in La traviata, and two student matinee performances as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. This season, she returns to Lyric Opera to create the role of Carmen in the world premiere production of Bel Canto, a new opera by Jimmy López, based on the novel by Ann Patchett. She also appears as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with San Diego Opera; in Beethoven’s Ninth under Gustavo Dudamel with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra; in Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony with the Lexington Philharmonic; and in Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg. Besides singing Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Wolf Trap Opera and Adalgisa in Norma with Knoxville Opera, highlights of her recent seasons include the title role of Carmen with Finger Lakes Opera; Ravel’s Chansons Medécasses with Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Chicago Symphony; and Beethoven’s Ninth with the Santa Fe and Oregon Symphonies and in Caracas, Venezuela, under Dudamel.

Joshua Guerrero, tenor, 33
Proclaimed a “gifted young tenor” by the New York Times, this season Joshua Guerrero returns to the Los Angeles Opera to make his role debut as Greenhorn in Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick. He also makes his European operatic debut as Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra at Opéra National de Bordeaux, sings Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore in Seville, and joins Gustavo Dudamel at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Simón Bolívar Orchestra for Beethoven’s Ninth. This past summer, he graced a gala honoring Plácido Domingo at the Salzburg Festival, after a full season that saw him make his role debut as Almaviva in Ghosts of Versailles at the Los Angeles Opera, headline Roméo et Juliette at the Aspen Music Festival, sing Beethoven’s Ninth with Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra in Caracas, make his role debut as Rodolfo in La bohème with the same forces, and perform Verdi’s Requiem with the Santa Fe Symphony. A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, he appeared as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and in the title role in Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera UCLA. A former member of the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program, Guerrero was the second prize-winner at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in 2014.

Amanda Woodbury, soprano, 27

An alumna of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, Amanda Woodbury was recently honored with the second place and Audience Choice awards in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition. She also won the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2014 Sara Tucker Study Grant, and both second place and Audience Choice awards at Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition. Woodbury made her professional debut as Micaëla in Carmen at Los Angeles Opera, where she returned as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She then joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, appearing as Tebaldo in Don Carlo and covering the roles of Antonia and Stella in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. This season she sang Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Met, and looks forward to appearing as Musetta in La bohème with the Los Angeles Opera. Having taken part in the Met’s “Rising Stars” concert tour, she looks forward to headlining a new Met production of Roméo et Juliette and making house debuts at PORTopera as Micaëla in Carmen and at Atlanta Opera as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Woodbury completed her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2012, after receiving her Bachelor of Music from Indiana University.


Richard Tucker Career Grant Winners 1981-2015


Brandon Cedel, Benjamin Bliss, Michael Sumuel


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