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INTER- CITIES PERFORMING ARTS, INC.
Leonard and Carmela Altamura, Founders

ALTAMURA-CARUSO

INTERNATIONAL VOICE COMPETITION 2017

$30,000 CASH GRANTS + PERFORMANCES IN US AND ABROAD

WINNERS IN CONCERTS: NEW YORK, ROME, KATOWICE, KRAKOW, BYTOM

JURY:
Carmela Altamura, President, Founder/Director, ICPA, Inc.
Lewis Ehlers, Lombardo & Associates, New York
Roger Malouf, finals judge, Metropolitan Opera
Krzysztof Biernacki, professor of voice and opera, University of North Florida

REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION*:

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 3, 2017
icpainc@optonline.net Fax: 201-866-3566 Tel: 201-863-8724

PRELIMINARIES: OCTOBER 18 & 19, 10 AM TO 6 PM 2017
152 West 66th St., New York, NY Bet. Broadway and Amsterdam

Please read carefully
FINALS, OCTOBER 22, 2017 4:30

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 voice, and by careful scrutiny of more mature applicants’ achievements, the founders decided to open the door of opportunity to more mature as well as younger singers. Much consideration will be given to all applicants’ achievements within the last five years of his/her career.

Applicants must email a RESUME and a HEAD SHOT PHOTO, as attachments, to: icpainc@optonline.net download application* on, www.altocanto.org

Please Note: The head shot should be a high resolution (300 dpi minimum) photo, preferably in jpg format. The dimensions of the photo should be at least 5″ x 7″. Please be sure that your photo jpg is labeled with your NAME and VOICE CLASSIFICATION.
Applicants must include a $125 FEE (check or money order only) made payable to:
Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc.

Mail to:

Carmela Altamura
Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc.
4000 Bergenline Ave
Union City, NJ 07087
USA

Registration fee includes accompanist’s fee and warm up space at the preliminaries.

REQUIREMENTS:
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 work from the Art Song literature.
3. Include ONE ARIA by Mozart, in the original key and language

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must be prepared to sing a full recital upon 24-hour notice.
• Finalists will be recorded and videotaped for YouTube. By applying to this competition, participants agree to be recorded and videotaped for YouTube and other media.
• Finalists must be present at the stage rehearsal, which will be announced following the preliminaries.
• You may bring your own pianist. If you need a pianist, please let us know in advance and one will be provided for you.

ABOUT THIS COMPETITION: 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. Competition winners James Valente, 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, Audrey Luna, Metropolitan Opera, Eugenie Grunewald, mezzo soprano, Anna Shafajinskaya, soprano, Vienna Staatsoper, Berlin State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, and other major opera houses of the world. Another competition innovation included behind-screen auditions, following the age- and colorblind policies of major world orchestras. Regarded as a radical new step at the time, this practice was soon adopted by other prestigious voice competitions throughout the world. The Altamura Competition has taken place in Italy, Gibraltar, New Jersey, New York City, upstate New York, Poland and Canada.
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