On October 30th the Carnegie Hall in New York hosted the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala. The concert, conducted by Asher Fisch, was attended by many opera stars. Many of the attendees were previously awarded by the Tucker Foundation – Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, Jamie Barton and the winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award, Tamara Wilson, a rising star of worldwide lyric opera. The American mezzo-soprano chose two custom-made outfits. The first was a green-myrtle gown with draped fit at the bust and black lace insert embroidered with sequins on one side; lace sleeves too. The second was draped pink silk satin gown with boat neckline and the black border.
Blue draped evening dress with sweetheart neckline and lace sleeves for the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. She and Joyce Di Donato brought sublime beauty to a duet from Handel’s “Giulio Cesare”.
Joyce Di Donato wore an evening dress created for her by Vivienne Westwood: pink sequined one-shoulder dress had a knot on the back, sweetheart neckline, tight pointed bustier and pleated skirt.
Also soprano Kristine Opolais chose a dress change: black sequined long dress with cowl neck and mermaid white gown with hand-painted red motifs by Isoude.
A standout moment included Anna Netrebko’s performance. The primadonna wore a Zac Posen black sleeveless V-neck satin ball gown with fitted bodice, full skirt with pleating. The outfit was completed with red fire pumps by Evelina Khromtchenko and diamonds earrings from Chopard.
Also from Zac Posen the yellow chiffon long dress worn by soprano Nadine Sierra.