Samantha Hankey

Samantha Hankey : "Smanie implacabili" from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (Samantha Hankey, mezzo-soprano)

For the past 38 years, the Richard Tucker Award has been granted to an American singer poised on the edge of a major national and international career, with a list of winners that reads like a who's who of American opera stars.

This year's winner, soprano Tamara Wilson, was hailed by The New York Times upon her Metropolitan Opera debut as "a young American who sings Verdi with a passion that surpasses stereotype." Her wide repertoire encompasses Verdi, Mozart, Strauss and Wagner roles and Ms. Wilson will make debuts this season at Munich's Bayerische Staatsoper and the Deutsche Oper Berlin and return to Barcelona's Liceu, all in leading Verdi roles, as well as singing Britten, Wagner, Mahler and Strauss in concerts with leading orchestras.

At this celebration at The Greene Space at WQXR, Miss Wilson will be joined by recent Tucker Foundation grant recipients soprano Erin Morley, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey and tenor Andrew Stenson. They will perform works of Mozart, featuring arias and duets from some of his most beloved operas, including Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and The Magic Flute. Pianist Brian Zeger, artistic director of Juilliard's Marcus Institute, accompanies. WQXR's Nimet Habachy hosts.