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2014 Grants Winners Announced


Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Grants!

 Sara Tucker Study Grants

Benjamin Bliss, tenor

Anthony Clark Evans, baritone

Patrick Guetti, bass

John Holiday, countertenor

Amanda Woodbury, soprano

Richard Tucker Career Grants

Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone

Anthony Kalil, tenor

Rachel Willis-Sørensen, soprano

April 4th, 2014 |


2013 Richard Tucker Gala

The 2013 Richard Tucker Gala was held on November 17, 2013 at 6:30 at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center,  celebrating the centennial of his birth with a concert featuring many of opera’s greatest stars, all of whom have been recognized by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. Live From Lincoln Center will telecast the Gala on January 10, 2014, on PBS stations.  Appearing at the Gala were

Stephanie Blythe

Stephen Costello

Joyce DiDonato

Renée Fleming

Susan Graham

Greer Grimsley

Angela Meade

Eric Owens

Ailyn Pérez

Matthew Polenzani

Isabel Leonard, 2013 Richard Tucker Award Winner

Maestro Riccardo Frizza

Members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Choral Society

September 28th, 2013 |

Isabel Leonard, 2013 Richard Tucker Award winner

Watch the October 4 Greene Space Web Cast

On October 4, 2013 WQXR presented a program at the Jerome Greene Space celebrating the Richard Tucker Foundation, Richard Tucker’s Centenary and the 2013 Richard Tucker Award Winner Isabel Leonard, Richard Tucker Award winner Matthew Polenzani, Richard Tucker Career Grant winner counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes will speak about Richard Tucker and the Tucker Music Foundation. The host for the event was  Naomi Lewin.

To watch the full webcast, click here.

September 2nd, 2013 |

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August 28, 2013 – Richard Tucker Day

On Wednesday August 28, celebrated Richard Tucker’s 100th Birthday and Mayor Michael Bloomberg designated it Richard Tucker Centennial Day. There were  several events celebrating the event including a very distinguished afternoon panel discussion about Richard Tucker and his legacy at Julliard and an evening concert at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. All events were free and open to the public.

At The The Julliard School’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Renée Fleming led a discussion featuring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a life-long Richard Tucker fan and opera enthusiast, tenor Neil Shicoff, who was born in New York and the son of a cantor, Barry Tucker.

At the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, there was a free concert featuring several Richard Tucker Grant and Award winners, including Ailyn Peréz, Jamie Barton, Erin Morley, Wendy Bryn Harmer,  Brandon Cedel, Stephen Costello and Paul Appleby and pianist Brian Zeger.

Other events on Richard Tucker Day will include an Ariathon in Richard Tucker Park (at Broadway and 65th Street) beginning at 2 PM featuring Richard Tucker recordings,  a special Richard Tucker Reuben at Junior’s of Brooklyn, and the voice of Richard Tucker being played all day on WQXR and in live performances on Sirius Radio’s Metropolitan Opera station.



August 15th, 2013 |

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Sony Classical Richard Tucker Centennial Release

Sony Classical celebrates Richard Tucker’s upcoming centennial with two exciting new releases – two box sets celebrating Richard Tucker’s artistry and recording career. The Opera Recital Album Collection features 10 CDs and the Song and Cantorial Album Collection features 14 CDs. Both sets include many recordings that are being released for the first time on CD.

This collection is now available in the US and abroad. Click below for more information!

Richard Tucker Album Collections

August 13th, 2013 |

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Jamie Barton, 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

Congratulations to 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant winner Jamie Barton on her recent triumph at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition! Jamie represented the United States at the prestigious international contest, winning both the Song Prize and the main prize, only the second singer in the competition’s 30 year history to achieve that distinction.

One of Jamie’s winning arias was “O mon Fernand” from Donizetti’s La favorite , which she also sang to great acclaim on our November, 2012 Gala. To enjoy that performance, visit at the link below:

Highlights of Jamie’s exceptional Cardiff performances are available for a short time on the BBC website:

We are proud to have Jamie as part of the Tucker Foundation family and wish her continued success in what is sure to be an extraordinary career!

June 24th, 2013 |

Isabel Leonard, 2013 Richard Tucker Award winner

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard winner of 2013 Richard Tucker Award; Career and Study Grant winners also announced


The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is thrilled to announce that mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard – hailed as “a rising star” by the New York Times – is the winner of the 2013 Richard Tucker Award.  This prestigious prize carries the Foundation’s most substantial cash award of $30,000. Often referred to as the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” it is conferred annually on an opera singer at the threshold of a major international career; previous winners include such luminaries of the opera world as Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt, David Daniels, and Joyce DiDonato.

“As a native New Yorker, I can think of no greater honor than to be named the winner of the Richard Tucker Award,” said Leonard when she was given the news. “Receiving this award is a personal validation of the work I’ve done in my career so far, and I am excited to carry on the legacy of Richard Tucker and the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.”

“We are thrilled that Isabel Leonard has been chosen to be the 2013 Richard Tucker Award winner. She’s an extraordinary, incredibly talented singer with a gorgeous voice and beautiful stage presence who promises to bring great honor to the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and the memory of my father,” said Barry Tucker, President of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and son of the Brooklyn-born tenor.

The foundation has also announced the winners of the 2013 Richard Tucker Career Grants and Sara Tucker Study Grants, who were selected by means of audition earlier this month at New York’s 92nd Street Y, thanks to the generous support of the Agnes Varis Trust. A complete list of recipients is provided below.

The coming months see Isabel Leonard make her role debut as Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as appearing in concert with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and at Japan’s Saito Kinen Festival. Among her recent highlights are role debuts as Miranda in Thomas Adès’s The Tempest at the Met, and as Sesto in La clemenza di Tito at the Canadian Opera Company. Signature roles include the title character of Offenbach’s La Périchole, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro; at Glyndebourne, the Financial Times declared: “In a nicely balanced cast, my favorite is Isabel Leonard’s Cherubino – a stage animal with charisma written all over her.”

Since making her company debut in Roméo et Juliette in 2007, the mezzo has become an audience favorite at the Met, besides singing at Santa Fe Opera, Atlanta Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, and Opera Colorado. European engagements have taken her to the Vienna State Opera, Opéra Nationale de Paris, Opéra Nationale de Bordeaux, the Bavarian State Opera and the Glyndebourne and Salzburg Festivals. Leonard has sung with orchestras including the Chicago and Boston Symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. High-profile gala appearances include the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s 75th Birthday Gala in Carnegie Hall, where Leonard also recently made her Zankel Hall recital debut. A graduate of the Juilliard School, her numerous previous honors include the Met’s prestigious Beverly Sills Artist Award (2011).


April 15th, 2013 |


2013 Sara Tucker Grants and 2013 Richard Tucker Career Grants Announced

The foundation is pleased to announce that seven other young American artists have been awarded study and career grants. 2013 Richard Tucker Career Grants of $10,000 each go to sopranos Erin Morley and Nadine Sierra, both of whom have already won recognition in their advancing careers.  2013 Sara Tucker Study Grants of $5,000 apiece go to five young singers displaying great promise at the start of their professional careers: sopranos Tracy Cox and Lauren Snouffer, tenor Anthony Kalil, and baritones Will Liverman and Zachary Nelson. These seven winners were chosen by a panel of opera professionals following auditions held on April 10 and 11 at New York’s 92nd Street Y.

Members of the Auditions Panel  were (seated, from left) Laura Canning of Houston Grand Opera and Sheri Greenwald of San Franicisco Opera; (standing, from left) Sherrill Milnes,Auditions Committee Chairman; Brian Zeger of The Julliard School and the Metropolitan Opera; Joshua Winograd of Los Angeles Opera; Neil Shicoff; Andreas Melinat of Lyric Opera of Chicago; Ken Benson, Artistic Consultant; all shown here with Board President Barry Tucker.


April 14th, 2013 |


Watch the 2012 Richard Tucker Gala Live From Lincoln Center Telecast

Please click below to watch the 2012 Richard Tucker Gala Live From Lincoln Center telecast.  Originally telecast on December 13, 2012, the telecast features musical performances as well as interviews with the artists and a feature on Ailyn Perez, the 2012 Richard Tucker Award winner.  Additional bonus material is also available.

To watch the complete Gala, please click below

Bonus performances from the Gala:

Olga Borodina & Dmitri Hvorostovsky perform the duet from Rimsky-Korsakov’s ”The Tsar’s Bride”

Giuseppe Filianoti performs from Verdi’s “Luisa Miller”

Quinn Kelsey performs from Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier”

Gerald Finley & Marcello Giordani perform the duet from ”Pearl Fishers”

Erwin Schrott performs “Rojo Tango”

Tara Erraught performs from Rossini’s “Barber of Seville”

The New York Choral Society perform “Va, pensiero” from Verdi’s “Nabucco”


January 4th, 2013 |

From left: Henry Tucker, Matthew Polenzani, Barry Tucker, Kate Levin, Renee Fleming, Peter Gelb, Edward Cardinal Egan, Cantor Joseph Malovany, Cantor Gideon Zelermyer

Richard Tucker Day August 28, 2012

August 28, 2012 will be Richard Tucker’s 99th Birthday and the beginning of his Centennial year. To begin this year of celebrations,  Mayor Bloomberg has declared August 28th Richard Tucker Day in New York City. Join us for several special events throughout the day!
At 7:30pm, there will be a concert at the Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side celebrating Richard Tucker as both a cantor and an opera singer.  Cantors Joseph Malovany and Gideon Zelermyer and opera singers Paul Appleby and Ryan Speedo Green, both winners of grants from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, will join pianist Brian Zeger in an hour-long musical celebration of Richard Tucker’s career and legacy.

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August 24th, 2012 |

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