FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- February 2019 Contact: Anna Tonna Opera Industry Innovator and Arts Leader, Carmela Altamura Celebrates 50 Years of Service to the Arts In 2019, Carmela Altamura, operatic soprano […]
About Anna Tonna
I am a classical singer and teaching artist from the New York City area and I currently live in the Bronx. I specialize in the music of Spain and Latin America, traveling often to Spain as well as singing in my native city of New York. I am devoted to the cause of closing the gender gap of women composers in the classical music world, with a project I co founded called "Women in Music/Mujeres en Musica".
I have recorded two commercial CD's: The Songs of Julio Gómez (Verso), my focus of study as a Fulbright Scholar to Spain and España alla Rossini (iTinerant Classics), which explores the ties between Gioachino Rossini and Spain.
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Who we are and What we do
In 1988, two philanthropists, soprano Carmela Altamura and attorney Leonard Altamura,
founded the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition. Created for singers on the
threshold of an international career, the competition functions under the umbrella of its
parent non-profit, Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc. The competition immediately
established itself by instituting the then-unheard-of policy of abolishing age requirements.
Aware that existing limits did not allow for the late-maturing, dramatic voice, and by
careful scrutiny of more mature applicants’ achievements, the founders decided to trust
their instincts by opening the door of opportunity to more mature as well as to younger
singers. This policy paid off in unexpected dividends.