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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 2014 Winners
Top Prize Benjamin Bliss
The Rose Braverman Trust Prize
First Prize Ryan Speedo Green
The Musicians Emergency Fund Prize
Bass Baritone
  Rebecca Pedersen
The Lissner Charitable Fund Prize - Karl Michaelis
Second Prize Alexey Lavrov
The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Prize - in Honor of Stephen De Maio
Third Prize Mario Chang
The Francesco and Mary Giambelli Foundation Prize in Memory of Licia Albanese
  Courtney Johnson
The Gerda Lissner Foundation Prize
  Virginie Verrez
The Estate of Rev. Vincent J. Termine Prize
Mezzo Soprano
Fourth Prize Shirin Eskandani
Liebergesell Foundation Prize In Memory of Licia Albanese
Mezzo Soprano
Fifth Prize Paul Han
CITY National Bank Prize - Joseph Sedillo, Sr. Vice President
Grant Winners Susannah Biller
Ms. Elizabeth V. White Prize- in Memory of Licia Albanese
  Jared Bybee
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thanhauser Prize
  Dominick Chenes
Ricardo Tamura Prize - in Memory of Licia Albanese
  Kidon Choi
Mr. and Mrs. Brian O'Connor Prize
  Yasmine Levi-Ellentuck
Mary J. Radcliffe Prize
  Norman Garrett
John C. Miller Prize
  Marina Costa Jackson
JDM Capital Corp Prize
  Shelley Jackson
Barbara Ann Testa Prize
  Mingjie Lei
Mr. and Mrs. Al Palladino Prize - in Memory of Licia Albanese
  Jamez McCorkle
Mr. and Mrs. Peik Larsen Prize
  Courtney Mills
Anonymous Donor Prize
  Jarrett Ott
Michael A. Fornabaio Prize - in loving Memory of Licia Albanese
  Heather Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Lukas Prize
  Ewa Plonka
Mrs. Michele T. Classe - in memory of Rachel Saliba
Mezzo Soprano
  Ricardo Rivera
Mrs. Helen Houghton Prize
  Alexandra Schenck
James B. Duffy Prize
Mezzo Soprano
  Brian Vu
Unalane Foundation Prize
  Yohan Yi
Sachi Liebergesell Prize - In Memory of Rolf Liebergesell
Bass Barione
Encouragement Awards Jennifer Cherest
Vincent Fiorentino/ Sandra Halley Prize
  Cynthia Cook
Sonja Larsen Prize
Mezzo Soprano
  Lauren Eberwein
Hon. Roy M Goodman Prize
Mezzo Soprano
  Liana Guberman
Enrico Caruso Foundation Prize - Cav. Uff. Aldo Mancusi
  John Kapusta
Ms. Maria Catanzaro Prize
  Ashley Kerr
Louise Simmons/Robert Funck Prize
  Mireilla Murphy
Elaine Toscanini Prize
  Karolina Pilou
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Holdridge Prize
Mezzo Soprano
  Lin Shi
Dr. Robert Campbell/Cesare Santeramo Prize
Mezzo Soprano

Information for the 2015 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: Monday, April 20 through Thursday April 23, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Finals: Friday April 24, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Application Deadline: March, 31, 2015
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: