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4 April 2016

Soprano Tamara Wilson Named as Winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award

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THE RICHARD TUCKER MUSIC FOUNDATION announced today that soprano Tamara Wilson, who in recent season has found acclaim singing Verdi heroines, has been named as the winner of the $50,000 2016 Richard Tucker Award, one of the most prestigious prizes in opera. 

Awarded annually to an American singer who is “on the threshold of a major international career,” prize-winners are annually selected by a panel of opera-industry professionals. Past winners have included Renée Fleming, Dolora Zajick, Deborah Voigt, Matthew Polenzani, Christine Goerke, Stephanie Blythe, Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Angela Meade, Michael Fabiano, Jamie Barton and Lawrence Brownlee. In addition to the cash prize, the winner of the Tucker Award performs at the Foundation's annual gala concert, featuring past award winners and some of opera's biggest names. 

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to receive the Richard Tucker Award,” said Wilson in a statement issued today by the Tucker Foundation. “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!"  

Wilson made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2014 singing the title role in a well-received performance of Aida. She was recently nominated for an Olivier Award for her fall 2015 performances as Leonora in English National Opera’s staging of Forza del Destino, and this season has also sung the role of Lucrezia in performances of I Due Foscari in Santiago, Chile, as well as Elisabetta in Frankfurt Opera performances of Don Carlos. Last season she made her house debut in Gran Teatre del Liceu performances of Norma, which also marked her role debut in Bellini’s opera. Wilson also recently made debuts at Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera and Carnegie Hall; next season she is scheduled to make debuts at the Bavarian State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. A finalist at the 2004 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Wilson is also the winner of the George London Award and, in 2008, was the recipient of a Sara Tucker Study Grant and a Richard Tucker Career Grant from the Tucker foundation. The soprano is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and is an alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studios. 

In addition to the announcement of the Richard Tucker Award, the Foundational also announced that it awarded Career Grants of $10,000 each to mezzo J’nai Bridges, tenor Joshua Guerrero, and soprano Amanda Woodbury; Sara Tucker Study Grants—$5,000 prizes given to singers at the beginning of their professional careers—were given to tenor Michael Brandenburg, bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, mezzo-soprano Megan Mikailovna Samarin and soprano Laura Wilde. spacer 

More information can be found at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation and the OPERA NEWS Archives.

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