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CCM Alumnus Emmett O'Hanlon Takes Second Place at Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition

CCM alumnus Emmett O'Hanlon (BM Voice, 2012) tied for second place prize at the Altamura/Caruso International Voice Competition on Sunday, Oct. 25. A baritone, O'Hanlon won a cash prize of $6,000 as the second-place winner.

Sponsored by Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc., the competition drew participants from 23 countries on five continents and awarded cash prizes totaling $30,000.

Soprano and competition-founder Carmela Altamura chaired the jury of five. Joining her were Lewis Ehlers, associate at Lombardo Associates in New York; Roger Malouf, an associate conductor with the Metropolitan Opera; Leonarda Priore, co-founder and president of Chelsea Opera in New York City; and Simonetta Tancredi, former vocal coach at La Scala in Milan.

O'Hanlon was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from CCM, O'Hanlon received a master’s degree in voice from the Juilliard School. He recently took part in the “Juilliard in Paris” project and was an apprentice artist in the Bel Canto Young Artist Mentoring Program at Caramoor.

O'Hanlon is participating in this season’s Metropolitan Opera workshop production of Scott Wheeler’s The Sorrows of Frederick. Recently he performed the role of Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. He is a also a principal singer in Celtic Thunder, an Irish singing group and stage show.

CCM alumnus Emmett O'Hanlon.

CCM alumnus Emmett O'Hanlon.

O’Hanlon's foray into the world of music began with guitar, piano and drum lessons when he was six years old. He first met his longtime voice teacher, Terence Goff, when he turned eight and began formal voice training at that stage. While he was still in High School, O’Hanlon made the decision to pursue a future in music, specifically singing. During his time at CCM, he also performed as a soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Emmett is not the only musical member of his family. His mother, who hails from Carrick-on Suir in Co. Tipperary, and his father who comes from Co. Armagh, both sang and were involved with theatre from an early age. His elder brother and younger sister have also both studied music at university. In addition to his passion for music, O’Hanlon is an avid sportsman, who loves to surf and snowboard. He is also a huge fan of American football, baseball and most water-sports, which he follows with a keen interest.

About the Altamura/Caruso International Voice 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 Angela Brown, Audrey Stottler and Kim Josephson went on to sing title roles at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and New York City Opera, while Heather Myers, Eugenie Grunewald, Anna Shafajinskaya and Lawrence Harris performed title roles at the 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, and Canada.

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