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Nadine Sierra Named 2017 Richard Tucker Award Winner

Soprano Nadine Sierra – who at 28-years-old is already establishing herself as a fixture at many of the world’s leading opera houses, including those of Paris, Milan, Berlin, and New York – has been named the winner of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award. The announcement comes on the heels of Sierra’s performances last month as Ilia in the Metropolitan Opera’s Idomeneo under James Levine, which the New York Classical Review called “musically superb” and “incandescent all night.” The Tucker Award, often referred to as the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” carries the Foundation’s most substantial cash prize of $50,000, and is conferred each year by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a major international career. The list of past winners includes such luminaries as Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Lawrence Brownlee, Matthew Polenzani, Christine Goerke and Joyce DiDonato. Sierra will be inducted into this who’s who of American opera at the Foundation’s annual gala, to be held this year on Sunday, December 10th at Carnegie Hall.

Commenting by phone from Venice where she is currently preparing to sing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro La Fenice, Sierra said:

“I cannot thank the Richard Tucker Music Foundation enough for this incredible honor and for all the support they’ve shown me since I first auditioned for a Sara Tucker Study Grant in 2010. I am humbled to receive this award and to follow in the very large footsteps of those who have preceded me. “

Barry Tucker, president of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and son of the Brooklyn-born tenor for whom the foundation is named, comments:

“We are elated to have Nadine as our 2017 Richard Tucker Award winner. Having known her since she was an undergraduate in college and been in awe of her talents even back then, I could not be more impressed by how she has developed as a singer. She possesses an artistic maturity that is well beyond her years and is destined to be a leading light of the opera world.”

 

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April 18th, 2017 |

2017 Grant Winners Announced

Congratulations to our 2017 Grant winners!

Richard Tucker Career Grants

Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone

John Chest, baritone

Anthony Clark Evans, baritone

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Sara Tucker Study Grants

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor

Alexander McKissick, tenor

Christian Pursell, bass-baritone

Cody Quattlebaum, bass-baritone

Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano

Jack Swanson, tenor

Vanessa Vasquez, soprano

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March 10th, 2017 |

Gala 2016

Highlights from Gala 2016 are available for free streaming through medici.tv

Richard Tucker Music Foundation
Gala 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016
6:00 pm
Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Jamie Barton
Lawrence Brownlee
Javier Camarena
Joyce DiDonato
Yusif Eyvazov
Renée Fleming
Anna Netrebko
Kristine Opolais
Nadine Sierra
2016 Richard Tucker Award Winner
Tamara Wilson

Maestro Asher Fisch
Members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
New York Choral Society

 

October 25th, 2016 |

Tucker Winners Live at The Greene Space

On Thursday, October 13, WQXR presented an evening of music and conversation featuring 2016 Richard Tucker Award-winner Tamara Wilson, Tucker Foundation grant recipients Erin Morley, Samantha Hankey and Andrew Stenson in a celebration of Mozart at The Greene Space in lower Manhattan. Together with pianist Brian Zeger, artistic director of The Juilliard School’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, they performed arias and duets from some of the composer’s most beloved operas, including Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and The Magic Flute and sat down for conversation with WQXR’s Nimet Habachy hosts.   Click here to view the archived video of the event!

October 5th, 2016 |

2016 Richard Tucker Award

Richard Tucker Music Foundation Names Soprano Tamara Wilson as Winner of 2016 Richard Tucker Award

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is thrilled to announce that soprano Tamara Wilson – whose “voice of steely beauty and great power” (Houston Chronicle) has already won international accolades – has been named as winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award. Dubbed the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the Tucker Award carries the foundation’s most substantial cash prize of $50,000, and is conferred each year by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a major international career. Featuring such luminaries as Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Lawrence Brownlee, David Daniels, Christine Goerke and Joyce DiDonato, the list of past winners reads like a who’s who of American opera.

Wilson says:
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to receive the Richard Tucker Award. The Foundation has supported me since the beginning stages of my career, and to be given its top honor is amazing. I jumped around in my room for a solid ten minutes after my conversation with Barry Tucker!
“The Foundation is an invaluable resource for young American singers, enabling many young artists to jumpstart their careers in ways that would be impossible otherwise, and I look forward to joining the superb artistic ‘family’ of award winners that it has created.”

Barry Tucker, president of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and son of the Brooklyn-born tenor, comments:

“I first met Tamara Wilson when she auditioned for – and won – a Sara Tucker Study Grant in 2008. I was blown away not only by the power and sheer beauty of her voice, but also by how grounded she is as a person. Last year, when I was listening to the Saturday matinee broadcast of Aida from the Met and realized it was her singing the title role, I couldn’t have been more impressed by how she’s evolved as an artist. She has a bright future ahead of her, and we are thrilled to have her as our 2016 Richard Tucker Award winner.”

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April 4th, 2016 |

2016 Grant Winners Announced

 

Congratulations to the 2016 Grant winners!

Sara Tucker Study Grants


Michael Brandenburg, tenor
Nicholas Brownlee,bass-baritone
Samantha Hankey, mezzo-soprano
Megan Mikailovna Samarin, mezzo-soprano
Laura Wilde, soprano

Richard Tucker Career Grants


J’nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Amanda Woodbury, soprano

March 17th, 2016 |

Gala Highlights on WQXR

WQXR‘s program of highlights from our 2015 Gala is now available for streaming at wqxr.org.

Please visit Live from Lincoln Center  to stream the telecast, which premiered on Friday, February 5th on PBS.

We hope you can tune in!

 

 

February 1st, 2016 |

Richard Tucker Music Foundation Sings for Hope!

On December 15th at noon at the Mount Sinai Fifth Avenue Atrium the Tucker Foundation presented a holiday concert  in partnership with Sing for Hope.  Richard Tucker Career Grant winners Nadine Sierra, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Dimitri Pittas and Brandon Cedel performed with pianist Michael Fennelly in a program of holiday-themed classics in a concert serving the Mount Sinai community as well as being open to the public free of charge.

This concert marked the inauguration of a new partnership between the Richard Tucker Foundation and Sing for Hope that will expand upon the Foundation’s long tradition of presenting free community concerts.  The new partnership will bring singers supported by the Foundation to Sing for Hope’s arts outreach programs, serving under-resourced schools and hospitals across the five boroughs of New York City and bringing world-class musical experiences to a wider public.

In the words of Renée Fleming, a Sing for Hope board member and winner of the 1990 Richard Tucker Award, “Sing for Hope is dedicated to bringing the healing power of art to those who need it most. In today’s world, that feels more urgent than ever.”

To learn more about Sing for Hope and this new partnership, please visit their website here

December 9th, 2015 |

Gala 2015 – Sunday, November 1 at 6:30 pm

Gala 2015 was held on Sunday November 1, 2015 at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall

Richard Tucker Music Foundation
Gala 2015

Piotr Beczala
Andrea Bocelli
Lawrence Brownlee
Stephen Costello
Renée Fleming
George Gagnidze
Angela Gheorghiu
Christine Goerke
Isabel Leonard
Nadine Sierra

Jamie Barton
2015 Richard Tucker Award winner

Maestro Eugene Kohn
Members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
New York Choral Society

 

For more information and photos of the event, please click here

 

 

August 10th, 2015 |

Jamie Barton – 2015 Richard Tucker Award Winner

Richard Tucker Music Foundation Names American Mezzo-Soprano Jamie Barton as Winner of 2015 Richard Tucker Award

 The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is delighted to announce that mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton—whom the New Yorker has praised as “a fresh wonder of the opera world, possessing a voice of preternatural beauty and power”—is the winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award. Often referred to as the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” this prestigious honor carries the foundation’s most generous cash prize, $50,000, and is conferred annually by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a major international career. Previous winners of the award include such luminaries as Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, Stephanie Blythe, David Daniels, Angela Meade and Joyce DiDonato.

 “I don’t think I’ve ever been as speechless as I was when Barry Tucker called me to give me the news that I’d won the Richard Tucker Award,” said Barton on the phone from Houston, where she is currently singing Fricka in Die Walküre with the Houston Grand Opera. “I’m overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude. The Tucker Foundation has been a musical family for me for years now, and to be given its top prize is an absolute honor.”

“I first heard Jamie Barton at the 2012 Tucker auditions when she sang ‘O mio Fernando’ from Donizetti’s La Favorita – she gave me goose-bumps,” recalled Barry Tucker, president of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and son of the Brooklyn-born tenor. “When I heard her, I thought to myself: ‘This is a once-in-a-generation voice.’ We are absolutely elated that she is our 2015 Richard Tucker Award winner.”  

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April 27th, 2015 |

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