by Diane Malone
4 Nov 2007

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On November 4th, 2007, Maestro Asher Fisch conducted members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Choral Society at their 33rd annual Richard Tucker Awards Gala held at Avery Fisher Hall, in New York City, to a sold-out house. This years Richard Tucker Award winner was 36–year-old Brandon Jovanovich who received the foundations $30,000 top prize for being the most promising American opera singer to emerge. diana damrau digonis
The evening included a fantastic array of vocal talents, including Renee Fleming, Maria Guleghina, Diana Damrau, Simon Keenlyside, Matthew Polenzani, Eric Cutler, Brandon Jovanovich and last minute replacements: Joyce Di Donato, Andrzej Dobber, and Luciana D’Intino.
Among the highlights of the Gala was Soprano Diana Damrau who gave the audience a vocally wonderful and energetic performance of “Glitter and Be Gay” from Bernstein’s Candide. The audience loved her soaring high notes and vocal ease as she twirled around on the stage.

renee fleming digonis Joyce Di Donato and Renee Fleming joined forces to perform “Ah, guarda, sorella” from Mozarts Cosi Fan Tutte that was another high point of the Gala showcasing both their vocal talents. The audience loved Renee Fleming’s rich beautiful tones. Joyce Di Donato also performed an amazing “Una voce poco fa” from the Barbiere di Siviglia that was a sheer delight, making the audience appreciate her flying in from Switzerland at the last minute to join her colleagues.

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Baritone Simon Keenlyside, performed a memorable “Prologue” from Pagliacci. Eric Cutler (seen right), the 2005 Richard Tucker Award winner, performed a beautifully phrased “A leve-toi soleil” from Romeo et Juliette.
The fast-paced gala is held every November and showcases both previous and emerging Richard Tucker Award winners. The Richard Tucker Award has been the “dream prize” of many opera singers and has the reputation of furthering careers.

All Photos: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2007