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The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation 40th Annual Gala Concert 2014 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 up to $100,000, are given to winners in 7 categories, each of which may have multiple winners.

The 2015 Winners
Top Prize Marina Costa-Jackson Soprano
First Prize Michael Adams Baritone
Second Prize Andrew Stenson Tenor
Third Prize Yunpeng Wang Baritone
Fourth Prize Sol Jin Baritone
  Patrick Guetti Bass
Fifth Prize William Davenport Tenor
Marta Eggerth Kiepura Award Mario Rojas Tenor
Grant Winners Jared Bybee Baritone
  Dominick Chenes Tenor
  Andre Courville Bass Baritone
  Cullen Gandy Tenor
  Joo Won Kang Baritone
  Alasdair Kent Tenor
  Alison King Soprano
  Dogukan Kuran Baritone
  Mingjie Lei Tenor
  Yasmine Levi-Ellentuck Soprano
  Joseph Lim Baritone
  Kirsten MacKinnon Soprano
  Megan Marino Mezzo Soprano
  Chloe Moore Soprano
  Mia Pafumi Soprano
  Hyesang Park Soprano
  Heather Phillips Soprano
  Reginald Smith, Jr. Barione
  Vanessa Vasquez Soprano
Encouragement Awards Martha Banks Soprano
  Kidon Choi Baritone
  Fanyong Du Tenor
  Jorge Espino Baritone
  William Goforth Tenor
  Liana Guberman Soprano
  Ashley Kerr Soprano
  Jamez McCorkle Tenor
  Tatiana Ogan Mezzo Soprano
  Tatiana Poletskaya Soprano
  Galeano Salas Tenor
  Brian Vu Baritone

Information for the 2016 International Vocal Competition

FORMER Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Winners, Top Prize, First Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize, Fourth Prize, CANNOT RE-APPLY!

Competition Location: Columbus Citizens Foundation
8 East 69th Street, New York, NY, 10021
Competition Date: Preliminary: April 20-23

Finals: April 24
Application Deadline: March 31
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
    One signed and sealed letter of recommendation by a qualified individual 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: