Awards and Grants

The 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 debutat 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


J’nai Bridges, Joshua Guerrero, Amanda Woodbury


Benjamin Bliss, Brandon Cedel, 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