Tucker Gala Brings Host of Opera Stars to Carnegie Hall on October 21, With Live Streaming on medici.tv and Facebook, Plus Broadcast on WQXR 105.9 FM and WQXR.org
On Sunday, October 21, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s annual gala concert – one of the most highly anticipated operatic events of the season – will bring a galaxy of opera stars to the stage of Carnegie Hall. And opera-lovers around the world unable to make it in person will still have the opportunity to watch the performance live. Thanks to the foundation’s partnership with medici.tv, the gala concert will be webcast live (6pm ET/3pm PT), free of charge, both on medici.tv and on medici.tv’s Facebook page; the stream will subsequently be available for on-demand viewing for a limited period. In addition, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation continues its collaboration with WQXR 105.9 FM, New York’s sole dedicated classical radio station, which will broadcast the performance to listeners in the New York metropolitan region and online at www.wqxr.org on November 10 at 1pm ET/10am PT.
Christian Van Horn is “one of those treasurable singers in whose presence one can entirely relax, assured that everything he does will be delivered with solid interpretive insight and unfailingly attractive tone” (Opera News). Only the third bass-baritone to win the Tucker Award in its 40-year history, his long association with the foundation dates back to his receipt of a Sara Tucker Study Grant in 2003, in which year he also took first place at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Since then, he has made debuts on many of the world’s great opera stages, and is now taking on principal roles in major international productions. Last season alone saw him star as Mephistopheles in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of Faust, sing his first Enrico in Anna Bolena at the Canadian Opera Company, and take on the role of Julio in the Metropolitan Opera’s U.S. premiere of The Exterminating Angel by Thomas Adès. This season brings two more important firsts, with debuts at the Paris Opera and in the title role of Mefistofele at the Met, in a production that includes fellow Tucker Award-winners Angela Meade (2011) and Michael Fabiano (2014). His concert engagements include recent debuts with the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony and appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic in Salzburg. He has recorded the title role of Le nozze di Figaro for Sony Classical and recently appeared in the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast of Falstaff. A native of Long Island and a graduate of Chicago’s Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, Van Horn holds a Master’s in music from Yale University.