FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
Live From Lincoln Center Presents
“Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera
with Host Audra McDonald
Premieres Friday, January 10th at 8:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.
- Star-Studded Performances By Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Eric Owens,
and 2013 Richard Tucker Award Winner Isabel Leonard (pictured)-
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’s centenary 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
interviews with the artists, segments from backstage, and a short documentary on Richard Tucker’s
life—is taped from a concert on November 17, and will air on WTVP-HD 47.1 on Friday, January
10th at 8:00 p.m.
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.
This year’s Richard Tucker Award recipient is the “fresh, effervescent, and lovely”
(New York Times) Isabel Leonard, a native New Yorker and rising star in the United States
and abroad. Besides her current run as Dorabella in the Met’s Così fan tutte under James Levine,
which will be broadcast to cinemas worldwide in the spring as part of the company’s Live in HD series,
the 2013-14 season sees Leonard in her highly anticipated debuts at the San Francisco Opera, the Lyric
Opera of Chicago, and the Dallas Opera as Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Last
season also saw Leonard in an array of distinguished roles. She sang Miranda in Adès’s The
Tempest, Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, and Rosina in the English version
of Rossini’s Barber of Seville. She also made her debut with the Canadian Opera Company as Sesto
in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and impressed audiences in recital at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall.
Last year, she appeared on a segment about Lincoln Center and the Met Opera on Sesame Street.
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 bringing opera into the community.
Through awards, grants for study, performance opportunities and other activities, the Foundation
provides professional development for singers at each stage of their careers. The Foundation 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: $30,000 given
to an artist judged to be on the threshold of a major international career, with previous award winners
including Renée Fleming, David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, Deborah Voigt, Lawrence Brownlee and Angela
Meade. More information available at richardtucker.org.
Live From Lincoln Center is a cornerstone of performing arts
broadcasting, presenting the world’s greatest artists and performances in music, dance and theater
from Lincoln Center’s renowned stages. Now in its 39th season on PBS, the pioneering series—produced
by Lincoln Center Media Productions—has been seen by hundreds of millions of viewers since its debut
and celebrated by 13 Emmy Awards and other honors for its broadcasting excellence. Episodes and
additional content are accessible online at
This episode is directed for television by Emmy Award winner Annette Jolles, whose
credits include the worldwide coverage of the 9/11 Memorial from Ground Zero, Mitzi
Gaynor: Razzle Dazzle! on PBS, and Broadway Under the Stars. The executive producer
is Andrew C. Wilk. Lincoln Center’s Chief Media and Digital Officer, Elizabeth W. Scott, is executive
in charge of the series’ production.
In addition to underwriting from MetLife, the series is also made possible with
generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson 1962 Charitable Trust, Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum,
The Robert and Renée Belfer Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional
episode funding is provided by Cadillac, a division of General Motors.
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