Nadine Sierra

2017 Richard Tucker Award winner

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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 Purcell, 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

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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 |


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