The Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera Celebration

(Rochester, NY) – Live From Lincoln Center will broadcast the Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s 2013 gala concert, one of the most highly anticipated events of the opera season, from Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. The concert event will celebrate the legendary tenor’scentenary with an illustrious all-American group of singers, and honoring this year’s Richard Tucker Award winner Isabel Leonard. The Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera Celebration broadcast—hosted by Audra McDonald and featuring interstitial interviewswith the artists, segments from backstage, and a short documentary on Richard Tucker’s life—was taped on November 17, and will air Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

For the past 38 years, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s annual gala event has presented the world’s biggest opera stars on one stage on one night. This year’s event is no exception: in a special tribute to celebrate the centenary of the late Brooklyn-born tenor’s birth, a star-studded group of American singers will take the stage for a program of favorite arias and ensembles. Performers include Stephanie Blythe, Stephen Costello, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Christine Goerke, Susan Graham, Gregg Grimsley, Angela Meade, Eric Owens, Ailyn Pérez, Matthew Polenzani, and Patricia Racette, joining the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Choral Society, under the baton of conductor Riccardo Frizza. Many of the singers featured on the program are past recipients of the foundation’s biggest prize, the Richard Tucker Award, which gave them recognition and much needed funds at a crucial point in their careers.



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