Photo: © Don Pollard
The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation 39th Annual Gala Concert 2013 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

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About International Vocal Competition
The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation's Annual International Vocal Competition is open to men and women 21-35 years of age of any nationality. It takes place in April and there is no fee to enter the competition.
The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation’s Annual International Vocal Competition is regarded as a major American competition requiring the highest standard of vocal performance. Since 1974 our organization has given awards to hundreds of young singers, and many of whom have since risen to international stardom. The winners are presented in New York City at the foundation’s annual gala event in October of the same year. Prizes ranging from $1,000 to $12,500, totaling more than $70,000, are given to winners in 7 categories, each of which may have multiple winners.

The 2013 Winners
Top Prize Anthony C. Evans
The Rose Braverman Trust
First Prize Takaoki Onishi
The Musicians Emergency Fund - Marie Ashdown
Second Prize Jennifer Rowley
Lissner Charitable Trust
  Anthony Kalil
Lissner Charitable Trust
Third Prize John T. Holiday
Lissner Charitable Trust
Counter Tenor
Fourth Prize Steven La Brie
The Liebergesell Foundation - in memory of Rolf Liebergesell
  Musa Ngqungwana
Lissner Charitable Trust
Bass Baritone
Fifth Prize Deanna Breiwick
The Gerda Lissner Foundation
  Yunpeng Wang
The Gerda Lissner Foundation
  Jonathan Winell
The Gerda Lissner Foundation
Grant Winners Viktor Antipenko
Vincent Fiorentino
  Aaron Blake
Thurmond Smithgall
  Dominick Chenes
Michael Fornabaio - in memory of Angela M. Fornabaio-Dunningan, Carmela and Charles Fornabaio
  Marina Costa-Jackson
Barbara Testa
  Shirin Eskandani
Bunny Lukas
Mezzo Soprano
  Tobias Lee Greenhalgh
Anne Benoit
  Shelley Jackson
Maria Theresa Fauci
  Courtney Johnson
Betty Cooper Wallerstein
  Mary-Jane Lee
Al Palladino
  Nicholas Masters
Dean Edmonds, Jr.
  Jamez McCorkle
Brian O'Connor
  Courtney Mills
Sonja Larsen
  Chloe Moore
James B. Duffy
  Ricardo Rivera
Helen Houghton
Encouragement Awards Felicia Moore Soprano
  Samuel Levine Tenor
  Yi Li Tenor
  Anais Mejias Soprano
  Aundi M. Moore Soprano
  Monica A. Pasquini Soprano
  Leo Radosavljevic Bass Baritone
  Jason Slayden Tenor
  Sarah Tucker Soprano

You may view biographies of the winners by following this link.

Information for the 2014 International Vocal Competition
Competition Location: The Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation. 8 East 69th St. New York, NY 10021.
Competition Date:
Preliminary: Monday, April 21 - Thursday April 24
Finals: Friday, April 25
Application Deadline: April 1
Application Instruction: Application Form: Use Application Form provided in the web site.
  • PDF Format (Typeable and printable but unable to save as a file)
  • MS Word Format
  • The following materials must be submitted with the Application Form.
    8 x 10 photo
    Copy of Birth Certificate, Driver’s License or Passport
    Two signed and sealed letters of recommendation by two qualified individuals regarding your ability. (Any omission will render the application ineligible.)
    List of four arias you have selected for your audition. (No substitutions of arias will be allowed.)
    Applications may be submitted by email or mail:


    The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation
    8 East 69th Street. New York, NY 10021
    Inquiries: 212-472-3556

    The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Inc.
    8 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021 Phone: (212)472-3556 Fax: (212)472-3522 e-mail: