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January 08, 2016

Live From Lincoln Center Presents "From Bocelli to Barton: The Richard Tucker Opera Gala" on PBS, February 5, 2015

Live From Lincoln Center

Contact: Eric M. Gewirtz




Friday, February 5, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings)

NEW YORK, NY (January 8, 2016) — Live From Lincoln Center — the multiple Emmy Award-winning performing arts series that for more than 40 years has showcased the best of the wide-ranging programming from the world’s leading performing arts center — will broadcast the opera world’s most highly anticipated event of the season on February 5, 2016. The annual Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala concert features some of opera’s biggest stars, including Andrea Bocelli, Renée Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu, Isabel Leonard, Christine Goerke, Lawrence Brownlee, Stephen Costello, Nadine Sierra, and Piotr Bezcala, along with this year’s Richard Tucker Award winner, Jamie Barton. Supporting the singers will be members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York Choral society under the baton of Eugene Kohn. Live From Lincoln Center’s “From Bocelli to Barton: The Richard Tucker Opera Gala” will air on Friday, February 5, 2016, at 9:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), and will be hosted by Audra McDonald.

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 young American opera singers. 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. Each year, the Foundation confers its most prestigious prize, the Richard Tucker Award, on an artist poised at the edge of a major international career. Often referred to as the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the award comes with a $50,000 cash prize as well as the ongoing support of the Tucker family and Foundation.

American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, who takes the stage at the gala as winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, has been praised by the New Yorker as “a fresh wonder of the opera world, possessing a voice of preternatural beauty and power.” Besides taking both Main and Song Prizes at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, she is a winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a Grammy nominee, a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant winner, and recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 2014 Marian Anderson Award.

This episode of Live From Lincoln Center was taped at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall on November 1, 2015. It is directed for television by Emmy Award-winner Annette Jolles, who also directed last year’s presentation of the Richard Tucker Opera Gala broadcast. Andrew C. Wilk is the executive producer of the Live From Lincoln Center series.

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Jamie Barton
Caption: Live From Lincoln Center Presents "From Bocelli to Barton: The Richard Tucker Opera Gala" on PBS, February 5, 2016. Jamie Barton sings.
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Andrea Bocelli and Nadine Sierra
Caption: Live From Lincoln Center Presents "From Bocelli to Barton: The Richard Tucker Opera Gala" on PBS, February 5, 2016. Andrea Bocelli and Nadine Sierra.
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Andrea Bocelli and Renée Fleming
Caption: Live From Lincoln Center Presents "From Bocelli to Barton: The Richard Tucker Opera Gala" on PBS, February 5, 2016. Andrea Bocelli and Renée Fleming.
Photo Credit: Dario Acosta
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