New York honors native son and renowned opera star Richard Tucker—who would have been 99 today—with a citywide celebration to kick off his centenary year.
Events in New York City
Throughout the day, recordings of Richard Tucker can be heard in the Lincoln Center Atrium (on Broadway, between 62nd and 63rd Streets).
In Richard Tucker Park (Broadway between W. 65th and W. 66th Streets), Tucker recordings will be played all day. In the park at 5 pm, there will be a ceremony with the reading of mayor Michael Bloomberg's proclamation announcing Richard Tucker Day. Renée Fleming and other artists will attend.
Tucker Award winner Matthew Polenzani will be singing the National Anthem in honor of the tenor at before the game at Yankee Stadium (7:05 pm against the Toronto Blue Jays). Tucker and Robert Merrill were examples of the mythical linkage of opera and baseball.
At 7:30 pm, there will be a concert at the Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side celebrating Richard Tucker as both a cantor and an opera singer. Cantors Joseph Malovany and Gideon Zelermyer, and opera singers Paul Appleby and Ryan Speedo Green, both winners of grants from the Richard Tucker Foundation, will join pianist Brian Zeger in an hour-long musical celebration of the tenor's career and legacy.
On Operavore and WQXR
On the Operavore stream: There will be tracks of Richard Tucker once an hour, at the top of every hour. In addition, there will be tracks of Richard Tucker Award winners once an hour, at the bottom of every hour (Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Laurence Brownlee, and Jennifer Larmore among them).
Also on Operavore, a program about Tucker on “The Vocal Scene,” hosted by the late George Jellinek, can be heard three times (11 am, 4 pm and 9 pm).
WQXR (105.9 FM; WQXR.org) will be playing occasional Tucker selections throughout the day too.