Richard Tucker Career Grant

2019 Richard Tucker Career Grants

Will Liverman baritone


Called “one of the most versatile singing artists performing today” (Bachtrack), baritone Will Liverman is the recipient of a 2019 Sphinx Medal of Excellence. Recent engagements include his Metropolitan Opera debut in Nico Muhly’s Marnie, and appearances at Opera Philadelphia, Dallas Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Santa Fe Opera. Next season, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the company’s holiday production of The Magic Flute (Papageno), besides appearing in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten (Horemhab) and The Love of Three Oranges (Pantalone) at Opera Philadelphia, in La bohème (Marcello) at Seattle Opera, and in Pagliacci (Silvio) at both Opera Colorado and Portland Opera. Recent highlights include Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro) at Seattle Opera, Virginia Opera, and Madison Opera; Charlie Parker’s Yardbird (Dizzy Gillespie) at Opera Philadelphia and English National Opera; and solo engagements with Seattle Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Gabriella Reyes soprano


Nicaraguan-American soprano Gabriella Reyes is in her second year at the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. After making her critically acclaimed house debut as the High Priestess in Aida, she made two further appearances at the Metropolitan Opera in the 2018-19 season, as Nella in Gianni Schicchi (Il trittico) and as First Lady in The Magic Flute. These engagements followed her first appearance in the Met’s Summer Recital series last June. Reyes also returned to the New York Choral Society for Tippett’s A Child of Our Time at Carnegie Hall. Next season she looks forward to singing Liù in the Franco Zefferelli production of Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera under the leadership of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Highlights of Reyes’s 2017-18 season include singing excerpts from Die Zauberflöte in concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and making her New York Choral Society debut as soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. A grand finalist in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she was recently named as one of Lincoln Center’s 2019 Emerging Artists. She is also the recipient of a Hildegard Behrens Foundation Award and a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston Conservatory.

Laura Wilde soprano


American soprano Laura Wilde has been praised by Opera News as having “a ravishingly beautiful sound, [and] a fine sense of style and character.” The 2018-19 season includes many important role and house debuts, especially in Europe. At the Staatstheater Stuttgart, she debuts the roles of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Agathe in Der Freischütz. She also returns to the title role of Janáček’s Jenůfa at Santa Fe Opera and debuts the title role of Katya Kábanová with Scottish Opera and the role of Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with Sir Andrew Davis at the Edinburgh Festival. In the 2017-18 season, Wilde performed the role of Ortlinde, as well as covering the role of Sieglinde, in Die Walküre at Lyric Opera of Chicago, under Davis’s leadership. Other engagements included company and role debuts as Laura in Korngold’s Der Ring des Polykrates at the Dallas Opera, Freia in Das Rheingold at Arizona Opera, and the Foreign Princess in Rusalka at Des Moines Metro Opera. During the 2016-17 season, Wilde returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago for a role debut as Freia in David Pountney’s new production of Das Rheingold. Other engagements included the world premiere of Craig Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage at Arizona Opera, Micaëla in Carmen with Nashville Opera, and a return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito. In summer 2016, she made her European debut in the title role of Jenůfa at English National Opera. Originally from Watertown, South Dakota, Wilde earned her Master of Music degree from Indiana University. She is the winner of a 2017 Sullivan Grant award, a 2016 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, and the 2016 Luminarts Women’s Voice Fellowship. She currently resides in Chicago and studies with Julia Faulkner.

Richard Tucker Career Grant Winners 1981-2018

  • 2018 Andrea Carroll, Samantha Hankey, Jack Swanson
  • 2017 Nicholas Brownlee, John Chest, Anthony Clark Evans
  • 2016 J’nai Bridges, Joshua Guerrero, Amanda Woodbury
  • 2015 Benjamin Bliss, Brandon Cedel, Michael Sumuel
  • 2014 Ryan Speedo Green, Anthony Kalil, Rachel Willis-Sørensen
  • 2013 Erin Morley, Nadine Sierra
  • 2012 Jamie Barton, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Nicholas Pallesen, Jennifer Rowley
  • 2011 Paul Appleby, Tamara Wilson
  • 2010 Anthony Roth Costanzo, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Russell Thomas
  • 2009 Jordan Bisch, Lisette Oropesa, Amber Wagner
  • 2008 Susanna Phillips, Angela Meade, Timothy Mix
  • 2007 Meredith Arwady, Stephen Costello, Jason Collins
  • 2006 Kate Aldrich, Jordan Bisch, Quinn Kelsey, Dimitri Pittas, Gerald Thompson
  • 2005 Anna Christy, Latonia Moore, Brian Mulligan
  • 2004 Morris Robinson, Garrett Sorenson, Erin Wall
  • 2003 Lawrence Brownlee, Kyle Ketelsen, Erik Nelsen Werner
  • 2002 Patrick Carfizzi, Ian Greenlaw, Oren Gradus
  • 2001 Eric Cutler, Jill Grove, Maria Kanyova, Jennifer Welch-Babidge
  • 2000 Stephanie Novacek, Matthew Polenzani, Valerian Ruminski, Chad Shelton
  • 1999 Nicole Heaston, Scott Hendricks, Norman Shankle, Mel Ulrich
  • 1998 Kristine Jepson, Bejun Mehta, Thomas Studebaker, Gregory Turay
  • 1997 Stephanie Blythe, Christine Goerke, Nathan Gunn, Kelley Nassief
  • 1996 Raymond Aceto, Michelle DeYoung, Phyllis Pancella, Raymond Very
  • 1995 Raymond Aceto, Stephen Morscheck, Earle Patriarco, Robert Perry
  • 1994 Steven Condy, Kim Josephson, Earle Patriarco, Marie Plette
  • 1993 Brian Asawa, Kevin Bell, Elizabeth Jones, Stuart Neill, Mark Oswald
  • 1992 Jason Alexander, Elizabeth Futral, Jan Grissom, Patricia Racette, Mary Ann McCormick
  • 1991 Constance Hauman, Maureen O’Flynn, Paul Groves, David Pittsinger, Robynne Redmon, Richard Zeller
  • 1990 Susan Graham, Alan J. Held, John T. Keyes, Emily Manhart, Ruth Ann Swenson
  • 1989 Harolyn Blackwell, Christine Brewer, Renée Fleming, Stanford Olsen, Ealynn Voss
  • 1988 Richard Cowan, Alan J. Held, James McGuire, Robynne Redmon
  • 1987 Frances Ginsberg, Alessandra Marc, Monte Pederson, Deborah Voigt
  • 1986 Cynthia Haymon, Alessandra Marc, Patricia Schuman, Margaret Jane Wray
  • 1985 Gwenneth Bean, Harolyn Blackwell, Kevin Maynor, Chris Merritt
  • 1984 Richard Leech, Tonio di Paolo, Leslie Richards-Pelligrini, Denise Woods
  • 1983 Kevin Langan, Suzanne Mentzer, Erie Mills, Cornelius Sullivan
  • 1982 Jerry Hadley, Hei-Kyung Hong, Marion Vernette Moore, Pamela Myers
  • 1981 June Anderson, Marion Vernette Moore, Roberta Palmer, James Stith