Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition Finals to honor Verdi

Contact: Carmela Altamura
201-863-8724 or 201-866-3566
Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc.
4000 Bergenline Avenue
Union City, NJ 07087
E: T: 201-863-8724

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Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition Finals to honor Verdi

Union City, New Jersey. September 18. Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc. will present the 13th
Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition on October 3, 4 and 6 at Christ and St.
Stephen’s Church in Manhattan, giving a special nod to Giuseppe Verdi on the 200th
anniversary of the composer’s birth. Contestants will compete for $25,000 in cash grants and
performance opportunities.

Preliminary auditions for participants from 10 countries will begin on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.
and continue through Friday, October 4.

Soprano and competition founder, Carmela Altamura, said, “Every participant must prepare
five arias. This year we thought it especially appropriate that at least one aria by Verdi be
among them.”

On Sunday, October 6 at 12:30 p.m., prior to the competition finals, a special commemorative
ceremony honoring the famous and innovative composer will take place at Verdi Square on W.
72nd Street.

There singers from the Verdi Square Festival of the Arts will join with Altamura Competition
participants in presenting arias and choruses from Verdi operas. Dignitaries and others
representing the Italian and Italian American community will participate. At the conclusion,
musicians will perform the well-known chorus, “Va, pensiero,” from Nabucco, proceeding down
Broadway, much in the manner of Verdi’s own 1901 funeral procession, to the church where a
special Verdi commemorative concert will take place before the competition winners’
Documentarian, Vincent Ruiz, will film the proceedings.

Two decades earlier, the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition established a
precedent by abolishing age limits. Other major international voice competitions soon followed
suit, affording opportunities to those whose voices mature later. Ms. Altamura said, “We
understood that roles in operas by Verdi, Wagner, Richard Strauss and others require more
vocal stamina and psychological maturity, and this takes longer to develop.”

This year’s Altamura Competition will be held under the auspices of the Consul General of Italy,
Natalia Quintavalle, and the Italian Cultural Institute director, Riccardo Viale. The Agnes Varis
Foundation will present the 1st prize, Leonard and Carmela Altamura, the competition founders,
the 2nd prize, and the Colombians of New Jersey the 3rd prize.

Schedule of Events

  • Thursday and Friday, October 3, 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W.
    69th Street, Manhattan, competition preliminaries
  • Sunday, October 6, 12:30 p.m., Verdi Square, W. 72nd Street between Amsterdam and
    Broadway, Verdi commemoration and procession
  • Sunday, October 6, 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.), Christ and St. Stephen’s Church,
    Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition winners’ concert and Verdi celebration

Admission: $35, gen; $25, seniors; $15, students (under 18)
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