Richard Tucker at 100 Gala to Air on PBS' LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, 1/10
A "dream team of opera singers" (New York Times) will light UP TV screens across the country on Friday, January 10 at 9 p.m. EST (check local listings) in the national broadcast of "Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera Celebration." Hosted by Audra McDonald for PBS's Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, the telecast captures the Richard Tucker Music Foundation's recent gala concert at Avery Fisher Hall, which honored the legendary tenor's centennial. Isabel Leonard, the 2013 Richard Tucker Award-winner and a rising star in the U.S. and abroad, joined many of today's biggest names in opera-Stephanie Blythe, Stephen Costello, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Greer Grimsley, Angela Meade, Eric Owens, Ailyn Pérez and Matthew Polenzani-for arias and ensembles by Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti, Puccini, Offenbach and more with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Choral Society led by Maestro Riccardo Frizza.
As the New York Times observed in a glowing review, this year's Richard Tucker Gala featured a "stellar lineup...from the exquisite mezzo Isabel Leonard, to Ms. Fleming, whose silken soprano won her first place in 1990." The review went on to single out a few of the performances:
"For her highly entertaining performance of Offenbach's 'Ah, que j'aime les militaires,' from La Grande Duchesse Gerolstein, Ms. Graham recruited four actors in uniform with whom she toyed like a cat, with knowing winks in the direction of the audience... In a deliciously comic scene with her husband and fellow Tucker Prize recipient, Stephen Costello, [Ailyn Pérez] showed her sassy side, as [Adina] played hard to get in 'Esulti pur la barbara,' from L'elisir d'amore. Each revealed a perfect grasp of comic timing in acting and singing."