The 2016 Winners List has been announced and congratulations are in store!
The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation's Annual International Vocal Competition is open to men and women ages 21 - 35 and takes place in April. The competition is regarded as a major American competition that requires the highest standard of vocal performance. Last year, several AVA Resident Artists took home prizes from the competition: Marina Costa-Jackson, soprano (Top Prize), Michael Adams, baritone (First Prize), Patrick Guetti, bass (Fourth Prize), William Davenport, tenor (Fifth Prize), Jared Bybee, baritone (Grant Winner), Dominick Chenes, tenor (Grant Winner), André Courville, bass-baritone (Grant Winner), Alasdair Kent, tenor (Grant Winner), Chloe Moore, mezzo-soprano (Grant Winner), Vanessa Vasquez, soprano (Grant Winner), Jorge Espino, baritone (Encouragement Award Winner), Galeano Salas, tenor (Encouragement Award Winner).
This year, AVA's talented Resident Artists have followed in the footsteps of last year's AVA prize winners and have received several awards.
Top Prize Winner Vanessa Vasquez spoke about her experience during the competition, saying that she found out later that her chosen aria from Madama Butterfly "Un Bel Di" is seen somewhat as the theme of the competition. Licia Albanese, for whom the competition is named, regularly performed the lead role in Madama Butterfly and sang that very aria.
"I felt very present during the aria, it was a meaningful moment for me to follow her aria," Vanessa told us. Following her performance during the competition, a judge approached her and said that the late Licia Albanese would have been proud.
Vanessa Vasquez, second-year soprano
First Prize Winner
Karen Barraza, third-year soprano
Second Prize Winner
André Courville, third-year bass-baritone
Second Prize Winner
Alasdair Kent, third-year tenor
Third Prize Winner
Galeano Salas, third-year tenor
Fifth Prize Winner
Jared Bybee, third-year baritone
Chloe Moore, AVA alumna soprano
Mackenzie Whitney, fourth-year tenor
Encouragement Award Winners:
Hannah Ludwig, second-year mezzo-soprano