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Magic mike

This year’s Richard Tucker Gala was a refreshingly well-balanced program of less frequently heard arias interspersed with operatic chestnuts one expects to encounter at a gala. No major singers cancelled (although two pieces were dropped from the program including one which should have been one of the evening’s highlights), and almost everyone brought her or his A-game. This review should practically write itself, no?  But it didn’t, and I blame technology!  Read more »

Broadcast: Richard Tucker Gala

The annual starry event (featuring 2018 Award winner Christian Van Horn) will be webcast live on and Facebook at 6:00 PM. Discuss! (Photo: Cory Weaver)

Broadcast: The Richard Tucker Gala

Starting at 6:00 PM, a live broadcast of this year’s Richard Tucker festivities.  Read more »

Barton glances

I’m giving my age away here by saying that I am unfortunate enough to remember how Rudy Giuliani would sometimes drop by the Met airwaves and claim he was a “huge” opera fan. The most mild inquiries revealed that his knowledge of opera started at La traviata and ended at La bohème. But there is a sizable portion of opera audiences who only like the bread and butter Italian operas, and the annual Richard Tucker Gala is probably the event of the year to indulge your love of verismo staples and can belto screaming.   Read more »

Top of the heap

You will be happy to hear that Michael Fabiano was the unrivaled star of the Richard Tucker Foundation Gala tonight.

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