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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Richard Tucker Foundation at the WQXR Greene Space

WQXR presented an evening on the Richard Tucker Foundation in discussion and concert at their Jerome Greene Space, featuring Foundation President Barry Tucker,  Sara Tucker Study Grant Winner Tamara Wilson and Richard Tucker Award Winners Ailyn Perez, Stephen Costello and Aprile Millo accompanied by pianist Brian Zeger.

August 15th, 2012 |


WQXR Presents Richard Tucker Music Foundation and Richard Tucker Award-Winners at The Greene Space, June 27

On Wednesday June 27 at 7pm, WQXR presents an intimate and exclusive evening of performance and conversation from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in downtown Manhattan. The evening will showcase from three rising stars of opera, all recent recipients of awards from the Tucker Foundation: sopranos Ailyn Pérez and Tamara Wilson, and tenor Stephen Costello. This event will be Pérez’s first appearance in New York since being named the winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Award.

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June 15th, 2012 |


Soprano Ailyn Pérez Winner of 2012 Richard Tucker Award; Recipients of Career and Study Grants Also Announced

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is pleased to announce that lyric soprano Ailyn Pérez is the winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Award. This prestigious prize, which has been referred to as “the Heisman Trophy of opera,” carries the foundation’s most substantial cash award, of $30,000, and is conferred annually on an American 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, Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee and Angela Meade.

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April 14th, 2012 |


Richard Tucker Music Foundation Presents Opera’s Rising Stars & Special Guest in Free Concert on April 18 at St. Ignatius Loyola

On April 18, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation presents a free concert of opera and sacred music performed by rising stars of the opera world who are recent recipients of the foundation’s study and career grants. Amongst those singing a program of works by Verdi, Wagner, Mozart and others are sopranos Rachel Willis-Sorenson, who was lauded by The Guardian as a ‘superb artist … poised, majestic’ after her recent Covent Garden debut, and Amber Wagner, who stepped into the title role of Lyric’s Ariadne auf Naxos, leading the Chicago Tribune to declare hers as ‘a performance to be treasured.’ The evening includes a surprise guest appearance by an opera star to be announced shortly. The singers will be accompanied by pianist Carrie-Ann Matheson.

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March 20th, 2012 |


Richard Tucker Music Foundation Study & Career Grants Auditions at 92nd Street Y, April 9 & 10: Free & Open to Public

Before they became headliners at the Met, many of today’s best-known opera singers – including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Nathan Gunn and Angela Meade – participated in the Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s by-invitation-only study and career grants auditions. Held annually over two days at the 92nd Street Y, the performances are free and open to the public and showcase some of the finest young talent in opera. This year’s auditions for the Sara Tucker Study Grants and Richard Tucker Career Grants take place on Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 10, at the 92nd Street Y. Admission is free and open to the public.

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March 8th, 2012 |


36th Annual Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala honors Angela Meade

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation holds the 36th annual Richard Tucker Gala on Sunday, November 6 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center. Soprano Angela Meade, winner of the 2011 Richard Tucker Award, joins a starry array of special guests – mezzo-sopranos Stephanie Blythe and Dolora Zajick, both previous Richard Tucker Award winners; bass-baritone Bryn Terfel; tenor Jonas Kaufmann, and many more – in a program of favorite arias and ensembles, including selections by Verdi, Donizetti, Bizet, Mascagni, and Puccini. Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads the lineup of luminaries, supported by members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Choral Society. As Anthony Tommasini reports in the New York Times, the Richard Tucker Gala provides a platform for “opera stars [to] show their frisky side”; last season’s offering saw “the stars taking part…bringing style and stamina to diverse works from opera, operetta, and Spanish zarzuela.” Tickets are still available by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or at the Avery Fisher Hall box office.

The Foundation’s most substantial prize is the annual Richard Tucker Award: $30,000 given to an artist judged to be on the threshold of a major international career, with previous award winners including Renée Fleming, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, and Deborah Voigt. Winner of the 2011 award is American soprano Angela Meade, currently drawing praise in the title role of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Metropolitan Opera. As the Associated Press observes, “Bolena’s crown is a good fit for Angela Meade. …Throughout the long evening, she made the intricate vocal line sound effortless – the mark of a true bel canto expert.” In February 2012, Meade returns to the Met to star in Verdi’s Ernani, which will be broadcast to movie theaters worldwide in the company’s Live in HD series.

At the Richard Tucker Gala, her Ernani co-star, tenor Marcello Giordani, joins Meade and Dolora Zajick in a trio from Bellini’sNorma, and it is Meade who sings the first aria of the evening – “Santo di patria” from Verdi’s Attila – after accepting her award. Other highlights of the night include Ukrainian soprano Maria Guleghina in Tosca’s beloved aria “Vissi d’arte”; tenor Jonas Kaufmann duetting with Bryn Terfel in a “Dio, che nell’alma infondere” from Don Carlo; Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee singing “O Souverain” from Massenet’s Le Cid; Stephanie Blythe performing “Connais tu la pays” from Ambroise’s Mignon; and the entire star-studded cast coming together for the famous fugal finale from Falstaff. The opening speech and award presentation is courtesy of the Foundation’s President, Barry Tucker, son of the great American tenor, and a black-tie dinner follows the gala performance.

October 21st, 2011 |

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