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Altamura Center for Arts and Cultures
Sydney T. Harris

Inter-Cities Performing Arts

A New Jersey/New York-based, philanthropic arts company, Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc., is committed to creating art for tomorrow through commissioning works by both community and world-renowned artists. These have included a composition for its Carnegie Hall celebration and a sculpture for the Founders Hall at the Metropolitan Opera. A highly respected arts organization, Inter-Cities was chosen to close the 2004 Hudson River Regional Festival. more

The Center For The Arts & Cultures

The center offers the Summer Institute “Encounters with the Masters” program — an immersion in operatic literature, performance, and Italian culture without having to leave the United States. Renowned faculty from such venerable Italian institutions such as La Scala pass on the unwritten traditions of style, nuance and training that are essential for singers who will eventually perform in the country where opera originated. more

Jodi Karem

“Thank you Carmela, for all the amazing things that you taught me me this week. I feel my voice opening up and becoming bigger and more resonant.”

“Working with Carmela Altamura was an amazing experience. Her approach to singing is so natural, and my voice seemed to respond very quickly. It feels and sounds more opened and the language coaching was an eye-opener.”

Jodi KaremMezzo Soprano
Svetlana Bedrinets

“I would like to express you my gratefulness for your exciting service to highest traditions of Italian opera. I have got a priceless experience and developed my professional skills during these four days more than last four years.”

Svetlana BedrinetsSoprano
Robert P. Mitchell

“Hardly a day goes by that I don’t think of you. Why?
You may remember several years ago I came to your apartment to sing for you, and you turned it into a voice lesson. You told me to open my mouth — wide. Drop your jaw, you said. Loosen up..”

“Earlier this week I sang through Cavaradossi. Again, you should have heard the sound that’s coming out now. My high notes are easier than ever. Oh, and I sang the FAUST aria with the high C. Better than ever..”  Read More

Robert P. MitchellPastor

We consider conductor Karel Mark Chichon a noble friend and most talented conductor who gained considerable early experience with our Company ..  Karel is presently at the Met conducting Madame Butterfly; This is indeed a feather in our cap for the Company as he got his first opera training with us.

“ On behalf of the founders, Leonard and Carmela Altamura and winners of the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition, 2015, you, our magnanimous donors, are deeply thanked from our hearts. You have helped to open many doors for deserving young artists. They will always remember how their art improved social, professional and cultural relations in Poland , especially in Auschwitz where they contributed much to the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of its Liberation.” Because of your generosity and the artists excellence, our Company, Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc, has been invited back to accomplish more good works for Hospices, for the Heart to Heart Foundation of Dr. Religa, for the Bytem Opera House and for The Moorish Synagogue where the celebration for the 70th Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation was held.  See the Artists at the Moorish Temple in Krakow