Altamura Center for Arts and Cultures Competition

Welcome to the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition!

Since 1988, we’ve been holding our bi-annual international voice competition for young artists on the threshold of an international career. Each competition has produced memorable winners and many, such as baritone Kim Josephson, tenor James Valenti, and soprano Angela Brown, have gone on to perform lead roles in the world’s major opera houses such as La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera. Revered mezzo soprano, the late Giulietta Simionato (1910-2010), presided over the jury in our early years, along with the competition’s founder, soprano Carmela Bucceri Altamura. Other well-known jurors have included Marcello Abbado, Licia Albanese, Karel Mark Chichon, Michael Frittum and Carolina Segrera-Holden.