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Subject: Richard Tucker Awards 2017
From: Andrea Julian <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:15:40 -0400

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2017 Richard Tucker Award Winner Nadine Sierra

Previously a recipient of a 2010 Sara Tucker Study Grant and a 2013 Richard
Tucker Career Grant, Florida native Nadine Sierra is being hailed as one of
the most promising young talents in opera today. The rising-star soprano’s
already long list of house debuts includes the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala,
Paris Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, and Zürich Opera, as well as debuts last
summer at the Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart festivals. On the concert stage,
she has been a soloist with the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and
San Francisco Symphony, and featured in televised concerts from Lincoln
Center and Venice’s Teatro la Fenice. She has appeared in recital at venues
ranging from Carnegie Hall to the U.S. Supreme Court. Recently, she signed
an exclusive recording contract jointly with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca
Gold, Universal Music Classic’s new U.S. label.

Sierra’s 2016-17 season highlights include three productions at the Paris
Opera: she opened the company’s season at the Palais Garnier as Flavia in a
new production of Cavalli’s Eliogabalo; at the Opéra Bastille this past
winter, she sang Pamina in Die Zauberflöte; and she returns for Gilda in
Rigoletto in the coming months. At the Met, after singing Zerlina in Don
Giovanni in the fall, she just last month made both her role and Live in HD
debuts as Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo under the baton of James Levine. Also
under Levine’s direction, she makes an upcoming Chicago Symphony debut at
the Ravinia Festival in Haydn’s Creation. In 2017-18, in addition to returns
to the Met, Paris, and San Francisco opera companies, she debuts at London’s
Royal Opera House as Musetta in a new production of La bohème.

Nadine Sierra made her professional debut as a teenager with the Palm Beach
Opera and received her first national exposure at age 15, when she performed
on NPR’s young artist showcase, From the Top. After graduating from New
York’s Mannes College of Music, she entered the Adler Fellowship Program at
San Francisco Opera, where she continues to return frequently in leading
roles. She is the youngest winner to date both of the Marilyn Horne
Foundation Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council
Auditions. As the San Francisco Chronicle notes, she inspires “a combination
of admiration for her current gifts and eager anticipation at what the
future surely holds for her.”

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The Richard Tucker Award is selected by conferral, rather than audition.
This prestigious award carries not only the name of Richard Tucker and a
cash prize of $50,000, but also a stellar list of past recipients. The
operative guideline for the Richard Tucker Award is that it be awarded to an
American singer poised on the edge of a major national and international
career, and it is hoped that the award acts as a well-timed catalyst to
elevate the artist’s career to even greater heights.

2017 Richard Tucker Career Grants

Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone, 27

The recipient of a 2016 Sara Tucker Study Grant, Nicholas Brownlee was the
first-prize winner of the 2016 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, won
the Zarzuela prize at Operalia 2016, and won the 2015 Metropolitan Opera
National Council Auditions. He is concluding his final season as a
Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist at Los Angeles Opera. In the 2016-17
season, Brownlee made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the First Soldier in
Salome under the baton of Johannes Debus, joined Los Angeles Opera for a
production of Salome and returns there later this month for Tosca. His
debutat Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, was singing Escamillo in
Calixto Bieito’s production of Carmen. He also sings Stravinsky’s Les Noces
with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Recent role debuts at Los Angeles Opera
include Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly, and
Captain Gardiner in Moby-Dick, all conducted by James Conlon during the
2015-2016 season. He also sang Colline in La bohème at LA Opera led by
Gustavo Dudamel, and debuted at Atlanta Opera in the same role. With the LA
Philharmonic, he sang the Doctor in Pelléas et Melisande with Esa-Pekka
Salonen conducting.


John Chest, baritone, 31

American baritone John Chest is winner of both the prestigious 2010 Stella
Maris International Vocal Competition and the Arleen Auger Prize in the 2012
Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition. Until September 2016 he was a
member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where his roles included
the title role of Billy Budd in a new production by David Alden, Valentin in
Faust, Ford in Falstaff, Silvio in Pagliacci, Figaro in Il barbiere di
Siviglia, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and
Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. Highlights of the 2016-17 season
include Conte Almaviva at Opera Philadelphia, Nick Carraway in The Great
Gatsby at Staatsoper Dresden, and a return to Berlin for the title role of
Billy Budd. Future performances include major roles at the Glyndebourne
Festival, Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, and the
Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.


Anthony Clark Evans, baritone, 32

Winner of a 2014 Sara Tucker Study Grant, rising American baritone Anthony
Clark Evans makes major debuts in the 2016-2017 season, beginning with
Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at San Francisco Opera. Earlier this season,
he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Huntsman in Rusalka, while also
covering Riccardo in I puritani. Last season, Evans made debuts with San
Diego Opera as Sharpless and with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Marcello
in La bohème. He returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago to create the role of
Simon Thibault in the world premiere of Bel Canto, adapted from Ann
Patchett’s bestselling novel by composer Jimmy Lopez and Pulitzer
Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz. Evans recently completed a two-year
tenure at Lyric Opera of Chicago’s prestigious Ryan Opera Center, where he
was heard as Montano in Otello for his debut with the company, Yamadori in
Madama Butterfly, the Jailer in Tosca, the Servant in Capriccio, the
Huntsman in Rusalka, and the Commissario in La traviata. Recent concert
engagements include Fauré’s Requiem with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra,
and his Ravinia Festival debut in Bernstein’s Songfest with Ensemble Dal Niente.

2017 Sara Tucker Study Grants


Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor, 23

In the 2017-18 season, American countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen looks
forward to joining the Houston Grand Opera Studio, as the first countertenor
in the Studio’s history, where he will sing Nireno in Handel’s Giulio Cesare
and a Maid in Strauss’s Elektra. He will also join American Bach Soloists
for their 20th annual performances of Handel’s Messiah in San Francisco’s
Grace Cathedral, and Ars Lyrica Houston for two concert programs, featuring
works by Bach and Handel. In his breakout 2016-2017 season, Cohen was a
Grand Finals winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions,
first-prize winner in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition,
and winner of the Irwin Scherzer Award as a finalist in the George London
Foundation Competition. Other highlights of the season include singing the
world premiere performances of Kenneth Fuchs’s Poems of Life with the
Virginia Symphony, followed by a recording of the piece with the London
Symphony Orchestra for release in 2018 on the Naxos label; and concerts with
early music groups the Newberry Consort in Chicago and Operamission in New
York City. In the summer of 2017 he will join Wolf Trap Opera as a Studio


Alexander McKissick, tenor, 25

Alexander McKissick is a Toulmin Scholar at the Juilliard School, where he
received his Bachelor’s of Music Degree and will receive his Master’s Degree
in May. While at Juilliard, he has performed the roles of Monostatos in Die
Zauberflöte, Le journaliste in Les mamelles de Tirésias, Ein Soldat in Der
Kaiser von Atlantis, and Brack Weaver in Kurt Weill’s Down in the Valley.
McKissick sang the role of Ramon in La Navarraise at the 2016 Bard
SummerScape festival, and has sung the 4th Jewish Holy Man in a concert
version of Strauss’s Salome with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Last
summer, he attended the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Castiglione
della Pescaia, Italy, where he participated in masterclasses with Richard
Bonynge, Angela Gheorghiu, and Carmen Giannattasio. He has won awards from
the Opera Index Competition and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Vocal
Competition. This summer, McKissick performs the role of Val in Ricky Ian
Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Alfredo in
La traviata at the Aspen Music Festival.


Christian Pursell, bass-baritone, 26

Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, bass-baritone Christian Pursell
was a 2016 National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council
Auditions. He sang the roles of Senator Potter’s Assistant and the Priest in
the critically acclaimed world premiere of Gregory Spears’s Fellow Travelers
at Cincinnati Opera, and his debut season with that company also included
the Jailer in Tosca and a solo performance with the Cincinnati Pops
Orchestra. In conjunction with graduate studies at the College-Conservatory
of Music, University of Cincinnati (CCM), Pursell was engaged by Opera
Fusion: New Works in October 2015 to sing Abdullah in Jack Perla’s Shalimar
the Clown, and returned in the fall of 2016 to workshop the role of Tom in
Laura Kaminsky’s Some Light Emerges. Recent roles include Pandolfe in
Massanet’s Cendrillon and Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen at CCM; the
Herald in Rigoletto at Opera San Jose; and Marcello in La bohème and Belcore
in L’elisir d’amore at San Francisco Conservatory. Upcoming engagements
include Pilate in a staged production of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at CCM
and Dandini in La Cenerentola at Merola Opera.


Cody Quattlebaum, bass-baritone, 23

Cody Quattlebaum, from Ellicott City, Maryland, is pursuing his Master of
Music degree at Juilliard, where he studies with Marlena Malas. He received
his bachelor’s degree from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of
Cincinnati. Quattlebaum has performed Claudio in Agrippina, Figaro in Le
nozze di Figaro, Lautsprecher in Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Der Fischer in
Matsukaze, and the Colonel in the first workshop of Daniel Catán’s Meet John
Doe. He recently sang Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Merola Opera and will
return this summer for the title role in William Walton’s The Bear. He has
been awarded prizes by the George London Foundation, Corbett Opera, James
Toland, Gerda Lissner Liederkranz, CAM Heida Hermanns, and Opera Index
competitions, and advanced to the semi-finals of the 2016-17 Metropolitan
Opera National Council Auditions. In March, he was featured in San Francisco
Opera’s Schwabacher Debut Recital, and he will be a member of San Francisco
Opera’s Merola Program this summer. At Juilliard, he holds an Irene Diamond
Graduate Fellowship and the Risë Stevens Scholarship.


Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano, 25

Taylor Raven is a first-year Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist for the
2016-17 season, with roles including Oronte in Handel’s Richard the
Lionheart and Hannah in Laura Kaminsky’s As One. In the summer of 2016,
Raven performed scenes in the Schwabacher Summer Concert with San Francisco
Opera‘s Merola Opera Program. She also recently performed the role of Marian
Anderson in Deep River: Marian Anderson Journey with Virginia Opera. While
earning her Master of Music degree at the University of Colorado-Boulder,
she had a string of successful productions with Eklund Opera, including
Angelina in La Cenerentola, Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Ruth in
The Pirates of Penzance, and Die Knusperhexe in Hänsel und Gretel. In 2015,
Raven won both the Adelaide Bishop Award at Central City Opera and First
Place in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition.

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