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Classical Notes: April 11, 2008 Archive

And the winner is...nobody.

Posted at 4:49 PM on April 11, 2008 by Gillian Martin

If one enters a prestigious music competition and doesn't win, one can usually console oneself with the "worthy rival" theory: "I did really well--it's just that someone else did even better."

Not so for those who entered the 2008 Richard Tucker Award competition. The award, established in honor of the late tenor and carrying a cash prize of $30,000, is given to "an American singer poised on the edge of a major national and international career." But this year, the jury didn't feel like it had heard such a singer, I guess--so no award was given.

Not everyone went home empty-handed, though. Six promising singers were awarded either a $10,000 Richard Tucker Career Grant or a $5000 Sara Tucker Study Grant.

Find out more about the Richard Tucker Awards here.

Let Richard Tucker himself break your heart here.