Photo: © Don Pollard
The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation 41th Annual Gala Concert 2015 at Carnegie Zankel Hall.

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About International Vocal Competition


PLEASE NOTE: The International Vocal Competition will not take place in 2017 due to the restructuring of the foundation.


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 2016 Winners
Top Prize Vanessa Vasquez
The Rose Braverman Trust Prize
Soprano
First Prize Karen Barraza
The Musicians Emergency Fund, Inc.
Soprano
Second Prize Andre Courville
The Francesco & Mary Giambelli Foundation
Bass baritone
  Alasdair Kent
The Francesco & Mary Giambelli Foundation
Tenor
Third Prize Galeano Salas
The Lissner Charitable Fund
Tenor
Fourth Prize Tracy Cantin
City National Bank, Joseph Sedillo
Soprano
Fifth Prize Jared Bybee
Marta Eggerth and Jan Kiepura Award
Baritone
Grant Winners Jeongcheol Cha
Brian O'Connor
Bass baritone
  Kidon Choi
Al Palladino
Baritone
  Amber Daniel
Justine Auchinclass
Soprano
  Norman Garrett
Albert Thanhauser
Baritone
  Samantha Hankey
Elizabeth V. White
Mezzo soprano
  Pawel Konik
Michael Fornabaio
Bass baritone
  Onay Kose
Sachi Liebergesell
Bass
  Alexander J. McKissick
Michele Classe
Tenor
  Chloe Moore
Mary Radcliffe
Soprano
  Maria Natale
Louise Simmons and Bob Funck
Soprano
  Mia Pafumi
Jim Duffy
Soprano
  Kevin Ray
The Lissner Charitable Fund
Tenor
  Liv Redpath
The Lissner Charitable Fund
Soprano
  Reginald Smith, Jr.
The Lissner Charitable Fund
Baritone
  Mackenzie Whitney
The Lissner Charitable Fund
Tenor
Encouragement Awards Alexandra Batsios
Albert Thanhauser
Soprano
  Antonina Chehovska
Cynthia Zirinsky
Soprano
  Chelsea Davidson
Dean S. Edmonds
Soprano
  Fanyong Du
Helene Houghton
Tenor
  Claire Kuttler
Vincent Fiorentino
Soprano
  Hanna Ludwig
John Kamas
Mezzo Soprano
  Shea Owens
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Holdridge
Baritone
  Pavel Suliandziga
Dr. And Mrs. Thomas Sculco/ Emily Vogl
Tenor
  Olivia Vote
Elizabeth V. White
Mezzo soprano
  Jorell Williams
Robert Dilenschneider/Aldo Mancusi
Baritone
  Xiaomeng Zhang
The Lissner Charitable Fund
Baritone

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