For the past 35 years, the annual Richard Tucker Award has been granted to an American singer poised on the edge of a major national and international career, with a list of winners that reads like a who’s who of international opera stars.
This year’s recipient, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, is increasingly familiar to New York opera audiences. A year after graduating from Juilliard with a Master’s degree in 2006, she made her Met debut as Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette. This season’s appearances include Così fan tutte at the Metropolitan Opera (Dorabella); The Barber of Seville at San Francisco Opera and Dallas Opera (Rosina); and the Marilyn Horne 80th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall.
The award, which was created by the Richard Tucker Foundation in 1978, consists of a cash prize of $30,000 and a concert appearance.
Leonard joins Operavore's Naomi Lewin for performance and conversation in The Greene Space, along with special guests Matthew Polenzani, Anthony Roth Costanzo and Sherrill Milnes.
Watch live! A video webcast of the sold-out performance will stream below at 7pm: