The late Richard Tucker, who went from being a celebrated cantor to the even more celebrated lead tenor of the Metropolitan Opera, would have turned 99 years old this month. In his honor, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has proclaimed August 28 “Richard Tucker Day” in New York City.
WQXR 105.9 FM, New York’s classical music radio station, and Operavore, its online opera stream, will present Richard Tucker on-air and online throughout the day, playing recordings by Richard Tucker, excerpts from past Richard Tucker Foundation events, and archival episodes of WQXR program “The Vocal Scene.”
The Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall will also lead online celebrations by posting Richard Tucker-related content on their social media channels. Richard Tucker enjoyed close ties with each of these New York cultural institutions during his lifetime.