Competition 2013


Under the auspices of Consul General of Italy, Dottoressa Natalia Quintavalle and Italian Cultural lnstitute Director, Riccardo Viale,


$25,000 Cash Grants + Performances


President of the jury, Carmela Altamura/Founder/Director
Composer/Conductor, Anton Coppola
New Rochelle Opera Founder/Director, Camille Coppola
Career Bridges Founder, David Bender
Artist representative, Lewis Ehlers
Metropolitan Opera, Coach/Conductor, Roger Malouf
Metropolitan Opera Tenor, Francisco Casanova

October 3rd and 4th, 2013, 10 to 5 p.m. Christ and St. Stephens
120 West 69th Street, New York City, N.Y.

Sunday, October 6, 2013, 2:00 p.m. Admission: $35


NOTE: At 12:30 pm, a group of Verdi lovers, and members of the Italian American Community will meet at Verdi Square, 72 St., between, Amsterdam & Broadway, to sing “Va Pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco.  The crowd will then march to Christ and St. Stephens Church, 120 West 69th, where the commemorative ceremony will conclude with the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition Finals.   A Commentary on Verdi by Founder, Carmella Altamura, and tribute to the late benefactress, Agnes Varis, of the Agnes Varis Foundation will close the celebrations.

FOR INFO, REQUIREMENTS & APPLICATION, SEE, Fax: 201-866-3566 Tel: 201-863-8724

From its establishment in 1988, the bi-annual Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition abolished age limits. Aware that existing limits did not allow for the late-maturing, dramatic, Verdi voice, and by careful scrutiny of more mature applicants’ achievements, the founders decided to open up the door of opportunity to them, as well as to younger singers. Much consideration will be given to the applicants’ achievements within the last five years of their career.

1. Applicants must email a RESUME and a HEAD SHOT (as an attachment) to:

Please Note: The head shot should be a high resolution 300 dpi photo (preferably in jpg format). The dimensions of the photo should be at least 5″ x 7″. High resolution photos are necessary for print publications. Low resolution photos are acceptable ONLY if they have large dimensions (e.g. at least 20″x 30″). Please note: DO NOT use a photo taken off a website or shot with a cell phone and convert it to 300 dpi as it will not print properly. If you are not capable of doing this yourself, please ask for technical assistance from someone who is able to help you. Please be sure that your photo jpg is labeled with your NAME and VOICE CLASSIFICATION.

2. Applicants must mail in a $100 FEE (check or money order only) made payable to:
Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc.
Address to: Mrs. Carmela Altamura
Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc.
4000 Bergenline Avenue
Union City, NJ 07087

1. Be prepared to sing FIVE arias in the original key and language. One aria will be chosen by the contestant and a second aria by the jury. Aria with cabaletta must be presented in its entirety.

2. Be prepared to sing ONE song or aria from chamber literature.
3. Include ONE ARIA by Giuseppe Verdi in the original key and language.

• Applicants must be ready to sing a full recital upon 24-hour notice.
• If candidate passes into the Finals, he/she will sing the Verdi aria in character’s costume.
• Finalists will be recorded and videotaped for You Tube.
• By applying to this competition, participants agree to be recorded and videotaped for you Tube and other media. Finalists must be present at stage rehearsal which will be announced following the preliminaries

ABOUT THIS COMPETITION: In 1988, two philanthropists, soprano Carmela Altamura and attorney Leonard Altamura, founded the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition. It was created for singers on the threshold of an international career and 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 limits. Aware that existing limits did not allow for the late-maturing, dramatic, Verdi voice, and by careful scrutiny of more mature applicants’ achievements, the founders decided to trust their instincts by opening up the door of opportunity to them, as well as to younger singers. This policy paid off in dividends they could scarcely have imagined. Competition winners Angela Brown, soprano, Audrey Stottler, soprano, and Kim Josephson, baritone, went on to sing title roles at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, and New York City Opera, while Heather Myers, contralto, Eugenie Grunewald, mezzo soprano, Anna Shafajinskaya, soprano, and Lawrence Harris, baritone, performed title roles at the Vienna Staatsoper, Berlin State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, and the major opera houses of the world. Other innovations have included behind-screen auditions, following the age- and colorblind policies of major world orchestras. Regarded as a radical new step, this practice was soon emulated by other prestigious voice competitions throughout the world. The Altamura Competition has taken place in Italy, Gibraltar, New Jersey, the Altamura Center for the Arts in Upstate New York, New York City and Canada.

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