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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 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 Tenor
First Prize Ryan Speedo Green Bass Baritone
  Rebecca Pedersen Soprano
Second Prize Alexey Lavrov Baritone
Third Prize Mario Chang Tenor
  Courtney Johnson Soprano
  Virginie Verrez Mezzo Soprano
Fourth Prize Shirin Eskandani Mezzo Soprano
Fifth Prize Paul Han Tenor
Grant Winners Susannah Biller Soprano
  Jared Bybee Baritone
  Dominick Chenes Tenor
  Kidon Choi Baritone
  Yasmine Levi-Ellentuck Soprano
  Norman Garrett Baritone
  Marina Costa Jackson Soprano
  Shelley Jackson Soprano
  Mingjie Lei Tenor
  Jamez McCorkle Baritone
  Courtney Mills Soprano
  Jarrett Ott Baritone
  Heather Phillips Soprano
  Ewa Plonka Mezzo Soprano
  Ricardo Rivera Baritone
  Alexandra Schenck Mezzo Soprano
  Brian Vu Baritone
  Yohan Yi Bass Barione
Encouragement Awards Jennifer Cherest Soprano
  Cynthia Cook Mezzo Soprano
  Lauren Eberwein Mezzo Soprano
  Liana Guberman Soprano
  John Kapusta Tenor
  Ashley Kerr Soprano
  Mireilla Murphy Soprano
  Karolina Pilou Mezzo Soprano
  Lin Shi Mezzo Soprano

Information for the 2015 International Vocal Competition
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.
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  • 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: