Awards & Grants

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation annually bestows a variety of cash prizes to individual singers, U.S. born or naturalized citizens by age 18. Singers must be nominated for the awards; there is no application process. Auditions take place each spring in New York City and are free and open to the public.

Tamara Wilson, 2016 Richard Tucker Award recipient with board chairman Jeffrey Manocherian and president Barry Tucker

Nominations for all the categories are solicited from a wide universe of professionals in the US and abroad. Those invited to audition in New York City each spring sing for a panel of opera professionals and leaders in the opera world. Auditions are open to the public and are attended annually by both opera lovers and artistic administrators from opera houses across the world.

Below is a description of the guidelines for each award.

The Grants program is made possible by generous support from the Agnes Varis Trust.

The Richard Tucker Award

The Richard Tucker Award is selected by conferral, rather than audition.  This prestigious award carries not only the name of Richard Tucker and a cash prize of $50,000, but also a stellar list of past recipients.  The operative guideline for the Richard Tucker Award is that it be awarded to an American singer poised on the edge of a major national and international career, and it is hoped that the award acts as a well-timed catalyst to elevate the artist’s career to even greater heights.
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Richard Tucker Career Grants

Richard Tucker Career Grant winners are selected each year for unrestricted grants of $10,000 each.  A Career Grant candidate should have a fair amount of performing experience in professional companies and is generally 36 years of age or under.
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Sara Tucker Study Grants

Sara Tucker Study Grant winners are selected each year for unrestricted grants of $5,000 each.  A Study Grant candidate should be making the transition from student to professional singer. A candidate should have recently completed a graduate degree program or work in a young artist or Apprentice program at a regional company and is generally under 30 years of age. Such singers have had various performing opportunities, but not in major roles.
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Richard Tucker Award

2019 Lisette Oropesa, soprano Full list of recipients

Richard Tucker Career Grant

2019 Will Liverman, baritone 2019 Gabriella Reyes, soprano 2019 Laura Wilde, soprano Full list of recipients

Sara Tucker Study Grant

2019 Kayleigh Decker, mezzo-soprano 2019 Mathilda Edge, soprano 2019 Jessica Faselt, soprano 2019 Miles Mykkanen, tenor 2019 Alexandria Shiner, soprano 2019 Richard Trey Smagur, tenor Full list of recipients