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 Soprano
First Prize Karen Barraza Soprano
Second Prize Andre Courville Bass baritone
  Alasdair Kent Tenor
Third Prize Galeano Salas Tenor
Fourth Prize Tracy Cantin Soprano
Fifth Prize Jared Bybee Baritone
Grant Winners Jeongcheol Cha Bass baritone
  Kidon Choi Baritone
  Amber Daniel Soprano
  Norman Garrett Baritone
  Samantha Hankey Mezzo soprano
  Pawel Konik Bass baritone
  Onay Kose Bass
  Alexander J. McKissick Tenor
  Chloe Moore Soprano
  Maria Natale Soprano
  Mia Pafumi Soprano
  Kevin Ray Tenor
  Liv Redpath Soprano
  Reginald Smith, Jr. Baritone
  Mackenzie Whitney Tenor
Encouragement Awards Alexandra Batsios Soprano
  Antonina Chehovska Soprano
  Chelsea Davidson Soprano
  Fanyong Du Tenor
  Claire Kuttler Soprano
  Hanna Ludwig Mezzo Soprano
  Shea Owens Baritone
  Pavel Suliandziga Tenor
  Olivia Vote Mezzo soprano
  Jorell Williams Baritone
  Xiaomeng Zhang Baritone

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