A report from Parterre that Angela Meade, 33, is the recipient of the 2011 Richard Tucker Award has been confirmed by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. Coming with a $30,000 bonus in addition to significant prestige, the Tucker Award is awarded annually to an artist showing the promise of international stardom (past winners have included Renée Fleming and Joyce Di Donato).
A Richard Tucker Career Grant Winner in 2008, Meade has boasted an appropriately honeyed soprano voice tempered with a hefty cream that floored audiences last summer in Caramoor’s production of Norma. In the same year as her Career Grant, Meade made her professional operatic debut on no less a stage than that of the Metropolitan Opera’s as a last-minute substitute in Ernani.
In July 2010, Meade reported to John Schaefer on WNYC's Soundcheck that she has taken home prizes in some 55 competitions—including the Metropolitan Opera’s 2007 National Council Auditions, which she won with a sublime rendition of “Casta Diva” (which can be heard in Susan Froemke’s documentary of the event, The Audition). That Soundcheck episode featured her singing the same aria.
New York audiences won’t have to wait too long to hear her again—she performs Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall on Sunday. This summer, Meade also appears with the Metropolitan Opera’s summer recital series (alongside mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and tenor Dimitri Pittas) in July.
This year’s Richard Tucker Career Grants (of $10,000 each) were awarded today to two equally exciting young singers, 29-year-old soprano Tamara Wilson and 27-year-old tenor Paul Appleby. Likewise, five $5,000 Sara Tucker Study Grants were awarded to soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, 25, mezzo-sopranos Jennifer Johnson Cano, 26, and Cecelia Hall, 26, tenor Andrew Stenson, 24, and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green, 25.