NEW YORK: Soprano Tamara Wilson, fresh from well-received performances in New York and London won the Richard Tucker Award that recognizes US opera singers.
The award, named for the celebrated late tenor, comes with $50,000 but is also seen as identifying up-and-coming US opera singers. Past winners included future stars such as Renee Fleming, Deborah Voigt and Joyce DiDonato.
Wilson, who has won praise for her emotional range, made her debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in late 2014 in the title role of Verdi’s Aida.
Barry Tucker, the son of Richard Tucker and president of the foundation that presents the award, said he was impressed by Wilson in Aida.but also during their first meeting at an audition several years earlier.
“I was blown away not only by the power and sheer beauty of her voice, but also by how grounded she is as a person,” he said in a statement, hailing her “bright future.”
Wilson was in the running for an Olivier Award, the top prize in British theater, although she did not win.
She was nominated for outstanding achievement in opera for her role in The Force of Destiny, an adaption at the London Coliseum of Verdi’s opera of revenge “La Forza del Destino” that is reset in the Spanish Civil War.