Though admission is free, you do have to reserve tickets, separately for each day.
As a newly minted library scientist, I’m pleased to see libraries getting in on the comics game. Seems like a perfect match, since libraries already collect comics. Would also seem like a natural setting for comic-making workshops; teens would be all over that, right? Hope the 2nd installment of this fest goes well, and that it has many more installments to come, and hope the comic bug spreads out to more NYPL branches…
Named for the famous American tenor, the Foundation awards a rising American opera singer each year, and the accompanying concert features them and a host of famous singers too, guaranteed to be an especially luminous bunch for Tucker’s 100th birthyear… This year’s awardee is the mezzo soprano Isabel Leonard.
Richard Tucker in La Gioconda at the Met, 1945
Tucker made his Met debut in La Gioconda in 1945, where this excerpt was apparently recorded:
The initial impression, based on this New York Times review, was apparently somewhat mixed:
Special interest naturally centered in the company’s new tenor, Mr. Tucker, who had the misfortune to make his initial appearance in a formidable role too heavy for his essentially lyric type of voice. Nevertheless, he made a definitely favorable impression and was enthusiastically received by the large audience.
If you’re more interested in the Shackleton side of things than the opera side of things, you could also watch the 3-part Chasing Shackleton documentary starting tonight on PBS. It follows that failed 1914 Antarctic expedition, focusing on the improbable rescue mission led by Shackleton that ultimately saved every member of his crew. Check your local listings.