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Richard Tucker centennial marked at NY concert

November 17, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — One of America's greatest singers was born a century ago in Brooklyn.

On Sunday evening, the centennial of tenor Richard Tucker's birth is being celebrated at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is hosting its annual gala at the center's Avery Fisher Hall. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard will sing as the winner of this year's Tucker award — dubbed the Heisman Trophy of opera and given to an American vocalist on the cusp of a major career.

She will be joined under the baton of Riccardo Frizza (FREE'-tsah) by other stars including soprano Renee Fleming, mezzos Stephanie Blythe, Joyce DiDonato and Susan Graham, and tenor Stephen Costello and his wife, soprano Ailyn Perez.

A broadcast of the concert is scheduled for Jan. 10 on PBS.



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