Samantha Hankey Among Richard Tucker Foundation Grant Winners

By David Salazar

Undeniably, the news regarding the Richard Tucker Awards centers on Christian Van Horn. But that doesn’t mean that we should overlook other major recipients today of the other awards given by the famed organization. After all, Van Horn, and many other Richard Tucker Award Recipients won these prestigious prizes as well. 

So here is a breakdown of the winners of the other two prizes – the Richard tucker Career Grants and the Sara Tucker Study Grants. 

Sara Tucker Study Grants

This award is given to seven artists who are showcasing great promise of lengthy professional careers; they are awarded $5,000 each. 

This year’s winners include Eric Ferring, Theo Hoffman, David Leigh, Brian Michael Moore, Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, Zoie Reams, and Kyle van Schoonhoven. 

Richard Tucker Career Grants

Three artists are given $10,000 in the name of this famed award, given to three young American singers who are already well into a solid career. 

This year’s recipients are likely names you have heard. 

First up is Andrea Carroll, who is a fixture at the Vienna State Opera, where she has performed over 25 roles. She has also appeared with the Houston Grand Opera and was a finalist at Operalia in 2015. 

Samantha Hankey is also a recipient of this award, adding to her growing collection of major prizes. She won the Met Opera National Council Auditions last year, won the Sara Tucker Study Grant in 2015, and is coming off the Glyndebourne Opera Cup, where she became the competitions first champion. 

Finally, Jack Swanson is the third recipient after taking home the Sara Tucker Study Grant in 2017. He is coming off debuts at Glyndebourne and the Los Angeles Opera and also participated in the Glyndebourne Opera Cup. He is also slated for showcases at Kansas City Opera and set for his debut at the Santa Fe Opera.