Annual Grants Auditions

Join us at the 92nd Street Y for our annual auditions and discover the stars of the future!

Sara Tucker Study Grants
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Richard Tucker Career Grants
Thursday, April 13, 2017
11:00 am – 5:30 pm

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue @92nd Street
Kaufmann Concert Hall

Admission to observe the auditions is free and no reservations are required.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and at the discretion of the 92nd Street Y front-of-house staff.

Timings are approximate and subject to change.

March 10th, 2017 |

Gala 2016

Gala 2016 available for free streaming on until January 30, 2017!

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 |

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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.”

Read more

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

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 |

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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 |

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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 |


2015 Tucker Grants Announced


Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Grants!

For more detailed information, please click here.

Sara Tucker Study Grants

Julie Adams, Soprano

D’Ana Lombard, Soprano

Sean Michael Plumb, Baritone

Reginald Smith, Jr, Baritone

Richard Tucker Career Grants

Benjamin Bliss, Tenor

Brandon Cedel, Bass-baritone

Michael Sumuel, Bass-baritone

April 27th, 2015 |

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