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Soprano Tamara Wilson, winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award

One of the most highly anticipated honors given in classical music is the Richard Tucker Award, presented annually by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.

The Richard Tucker Award is “conferred annually upon a single artist who has reached a high level of artistic accomplishment and who, in the opinion of a conferral panel, is on the threshold of a major international career.” With the Award comes a $50,000 prize.

Previous winners have included Rockwell Blake (1978), Dolora Zajick (1986), Renée Fleming (1990), Christine Goerke (2001), Joyce DiDonato (2002) and Lawrence Brownlee (2006). Last year’s winner was Jamie Barton.

The 2016 Tucker Award was given to soprano Tamara Wilson, who has performed around the world with companies ranging from the Gran Teatre del Liceu to the Metroplitan Opera, where she debuted in the title role of Aida. Previously, the Foundation awarded Wilson a career grant in 2011 and a study grant in 2008. In 2004, Wilson was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

In a statement released by the Foundation, Wilson said:

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to receive the Richard Tucker Award. 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!

“The Foundation is an invaluable resource for young American singers, enabling many young artists to jumpstart their careers in ways that would be impossible otherwise, and I look forward to joining the superb artistic ‘family’ of award winners that it has created.”

The Foundation awarded 2016 to Sara Tucker Study Grants to tenor Michael Brandenburg, bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, mezzo-soprano Megan Mikailovna Samarin, and soprano Laura Wilde.

2016 Richard Tucker Career Grants were awarded to mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges, tenor Joshua Guerrero, and soprano Amanda Woodbury.

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