A Richard Tucker Centennial Celebration

Airs at 9 pm on Jan. 6 on WQXR.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Celebrating the centennial of his birth, this hour-long special honors legendary tenor Richard Tucker with rarely heard archival recordings of his time as a cantor, as well as early roles at The Metropolitan Opera.

This program features past Richard Tucker Award winners Matthew Polenzani, Isabel Leonard and Anthony Roth Costanzo singing arias from Handel, Massenet and Offenbach, all recorded live this past October in The Greene Space.

Hosted by Operavore's Naomi Lewin, the show includes anecdotes from baritone Sherrill Milnes, who sang with Tucker on many occasions, and from Tucker’s son, Barry Tucker, now president of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.

Playlist:

Hebrew prayer: L'Eil Boruch
— Richard Tucker with orchetstra arranged and conducted by Sholom Secunda.

Amilcare Ponchielli: "Cielo e mar" from La Gioconda
— Richard Tucker with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and conductor Emil Cooper.

Xavier Montsalvatge: Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito
— Isabel Leonard with pianist Bradley Moore. Recorded live in The Greene Space at WQXR).

Paolo Tosti: A vucchella (a Neopolitan song)
— Matthew Polenzani with pianist Bradley Moore. Recorded live in The Greene Space at WQXR.

Giuseppe Verdi: "Ah, fu giusto!" from Luisa Miller
— Sherrill Milnes with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and conductor Thomas Schippers.

Jules Massenet: "Pourquoi me réveiller" from Werther
— Matthew Polenzani with pianist Bradley Moore. Recorded live in The Greene Space at WQXR.

G.F. Handel: "Vivi Tiranno" from Rodelinda
— Anthony Roth Costanzo with pianist Bradley Moore. Recorded live in The Greene Space at WQXR.

W.A. Mozart: "My Love is a Flower" from Cosi fan Tutte
— Richard Tucker with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and conductor Fritz Stiedry.

Ruggero Leoncavallo: "Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci
— Richard Tucker with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and conductor Fausto Cleva.

Lerner-Lowe: "I Loved You Once in Silence" from Camelot
— Isabel Leonard with pianist Bradley Moore. Recorded live in The Greene Space at WQXR.

Jacques Offenbach: "Tu n’es pas beau, tu n’es pas riche" from La Périchole
— Isabel Leonard with pianist Bradley Moore. Recorded live in The Greene Space at WQXR.

Giacomo Puccini: "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot
— Richard Tucker with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and conductor Fausto Cleva.

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Comments [3]

Jonella

What a delightful program this is! I LOVE hearing Tucker as a cantor!!! Wonderful!!! Thank you so much.

Jan. 12 2014 11:09 PM
Silversalty from Brooklyn

Nice. I enjoyed this and I hate opera. Listening to Tucker hold a note without vibrato, which I see as a crutch for singers that can't actually hold a note, was impressive.

I can't figure out why the web cast was made available after the link to the web page was long gone. I had it because I hadn't cleared the tab.

Oh, and whenever I hear "gospel" singing from a "shul" I'm reminded of "soul" singing. The wavering is not even vaguely similar to vibrato.

Thanks Ms. Lewin for your efforts on this.

Jan. 07 2014 09:23 PM
Douglas Berry from Asbury Park NJ

Loved Anthony Costanzo - makes me think of one of my alltime favorite singers, Counter Tenor John Jacob Niles - Great Show Naomi Lewin!!!

Jan. 07 2014 12:42 AM

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