Glyndebourne singers receive Richard Tucker Career Grants

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The Richard Tucker Music Foundation has announced three recipients of 2015 Richard Tucker Career Grants, including two singers scheduled to appear at Glyndebourne in 2015.

The $10,000 grants are one of the ways in which the Foundation seeks to support young American opera singers in honour of the great American tenor, Richard Tucker.

Bass baritone Michael Sumuel, will perform the role of Junius in the Glyndebourne Festival debut of Fiona Shaw’s production of The Rape of Lucretia this summer, his first Festival performance since 2012 when he played Schaunard in La bohéme (pictured above, far left). Michael began his 2014-2015 season at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Masetto in a new production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, before returning to Houston Grand Opera as Papageno in The Magic Flute.

Tenor Benjamin Bliss will make his Glyndebourne debut this autumn as Belmonte in the 2015 Glyndebourne Tour production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Hailing from Kansas, Bliss is in his second year of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in November 2014 as Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by James Levine.

The third recipient is bass baritone Brandon Cedel who performed the role of Masetto in the 2014 Festival production of Don Giovanni.

The winner of the 2015 Richard Tucker Award is mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. Previous winners of the prestigious award include such luminaries as Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, Stephanie Blythe, David Daniels, Angela Meade and Joyce DiDonato. In 2014, the prize was won by Michael Fabiano who stars in the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival opening production of Poliuto.