WQXR's Operavore presents the Richard Tucker Awards Winner Live in The Greene Space

WQXR and Operavore present

 Richard Tucker Award Winners Live

 Featuring Performances and Conversation with
Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez 

Wednesday, June 27 at 7pm in The Greene Space
Tickets On Sale Now



(June 18, 2012 – New York, NY) – On Wednesday June 27 at 7pm, OPERAVORE, WQXR’s site and stream for opera lovers, will celebrate rising stars of the genre, including soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello. 

WQXR’s Naomi Lewin will host an exclusive concert of arias and duets performed by Pérez and Costello – both recipients of the prestigious Richard Tucker Award – in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR, a state-of-the-art, acoustically superior live venue and broadcast studio. The showcase marks Pérez’s first New York musical appearance since being named the 2012 Richard Tucker Award winner. Piano accompaniment will be performed by the distinguished Brian Zeger.

The event will include an intimate conversation with soprano Aprile Millo, winner of the 1985 Richard Tucker Award, and Barry Tucker, son of the great American tenor and President of the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, about Richard Tucker's impact and legacy.

OPERAVORE is WQXR’s online home for all things opera, including a blog, news articles and a 24-hour music stream.  The Operavore blog features up-to-the-minute news, reviews, quick hits and commentary on the world of opera. Fred Plotkin and Olivia Giovetti follow the performers, composers, directors and designers that inspire, both in New York and beyond. The blog is an online space for opera lovers to discuss their passions, and for newcomers to discover what's fresh and exciting in the genre.  The Operavore stream is a carefully programmed mix of opera arias, duets, scenes, choruses and instrumental numbers. It also features full operas every week with World of Opera, which streams Thursdays at 4pm, Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 1pm.  Operavore is available at www.wqxr.org/operavore.

Tickets for
Richard Tucker Award Winners Live are $15. The evening will also be available via live video webcast at www.wqxr.org/operavore and www.thegreenespace.org, and will be recorded for future broadcast on WQXR 105.9 FM.

Richard Tucker Award Winners Live
WQXR & Operavore present Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez
WHEN:           Wednesday, June 27 at 7pm
WHERE:        The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space
                 44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street)
                 New York, NY 10014
TICKETS:      $15, available at www.thegreenespace.org
Live Video Webcast: www.thegreenespace.org

Lyric soprano Ailyn Pérez, winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Award, recently starred in Los Angeles Opera’s signature production of La bohème with 2009 Tucker Award winner Stephen Costello. Of their performance, the Los Angeles Times observed, “Pérez and Costello possess full-bodied voices and enjoy letting them bloom with Italianate leisure.” 

WQXR 105.9 FM and www.wqxr.org is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic, among other city venues. WQXR broadcasts essential shows such as the Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, the New York Philharmonic This Week on Thursday evenings, and the McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase on Wednesday evenings. For listeners in search of the new, WQXR also operates Q2 Music, an online music stream dedicated to contemporary classical composers, cross-genre adventures, and performances from New York City's edgier venues. WQXR.org provides essential playlist info for online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, and videos. The free WQXR app allows listeners to take WQXR with them wherever they go.

Founded in 1975, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to perpetuating the artistic legacy of the great Brooklyn-born tenor by nurturing the careers of talented American opera singers and by bringing opera into the community. Through awards, grants for study, performance opportunities, and other activities, the foundation provides professional development for singers at various stages of their careers. It also offers free performances in the New York metropolitan area and supports music education enrichment programs. The foundation’s most substantial prize is the annual Richard Tucker Award of $30,000, which is given to an artist judged to be on the threshold of a major international career. Previous award winners include Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt, David Daniels, and Joyce DiDonato.

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