Born in Sicily, in Montallegro, Vincenzo Puma is soon fascinated by the voice of his fellow tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano, and at the age of 19 he decided to move to Milan to study opera singing with the master Marletta. The victory in the competition AS.LI.CO in 1969 led him to make his debut on the stage of the Teatro Sociale in Mantua and later in Pisa, as Rodolfo in La Bohéme.
Thanks to the consensus obtained as Rodolfo, the career of Vincent Puma continues brilliantly in many Italian theaters - Reggio Emilia, Modena, Ferrara, Perugia, Imperia - first with the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto and then as Fernando in Donizetti's La Favorita.
Winner of the World Opera Competition in Tokyo
in 1976 , he performed in Japan as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly; was a
guest at his debut in Verdi 's Requiem . It continued with a long tour
in important theaters in the southern Italy, where he took part in a
production of Donizetti's Lucia of Lammermoor at the Teatro Petruzzelli
in Bari; He was again the protagonist of Tenerife and had a long tour
together with the Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari in all theaters within
Puglia. In subsequent years, Vincenzo Puma , performed numerous times in
many Italian theaters - Vercelli, Novara , Piacenza, Parma - for the
production of Lucia di Lammermoor , La Bohème and Rigoletto; He debuted
with great success as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca in Mantua and
Verdi's Requiem in Paris , in a beautiful setting of the Cathedral of
the Madeleine, for the celebrations of the Centennial Lamoureux Concerts
. At the invitation of the Teatro Verdi in Trieste Puma performed with
great success in several concerts in the Eegion of Friuli; In the
following year,still in Trieste, he got the protagonist role in Halka by
Moniuszko, which was reprised in Poland for the Moniusko Festival, where
he would had been a regular guest for a few years. Other important
debuts in succeeding years are: Manrico in Verdi's Il Trovatore in
Reggio Emilia , Canio in Pagliacci at the Arena of Verona, Turiddu in
Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni in Berlin and in France. This series of
brilliant successes led him to perform at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan
in Lucia Lammermoor.
The career of Vincent Puma continued with a series of performances in operas and concerts in many European countries - Germany, Poland, France, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Slovenia, Bulgaria; In Holland he performed in the “Amica di Mascagni” with the Dutch Radio Orchestra, a long tour with La Bohème in Germany and later in Zurich. In Milan he sang in Félicien David's Le Desert with the Orchestra of the RAI; he participated in the seasons of the “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” for the “ I maestri cantori di Norimberga” of Wagner and “Il Giocatore” of Prokofiev under the direction of Zubin Mehta. In Milan he sang in Verdi's Otello and for “Luglio Musicale Trapanese“ in Puccini‘s La Bohème; In Bogota, Colombia he performed in Rigoletto; In Japan he was been invited to perform in the city of Nagoya, Osaka and Nigata for many concerts, as well as in Vienna for a concert at the National Radio.
Vincenzo Puma has sung under the conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Manno Wolff-Ferrari, Peter Maag, Fernando Previtali, Oliviero De Fabritiis, Michelangelo Veltri, Mario Braggio and many others.
There are numerous recordings of his performances such as “Amica Mascagni“, Franchetti’s “La figlia di Iorio” and a collection of operetta arias for Casa Ricordi.
Vincenzo Puma is the founder and Artistic Director of the “Associazione Nazionale Lirica Domani“; the main activity of the Association is to discover promising young opera singers and help them start a career, making them grow professionally and artistically.
Among the recurring activities of Vincenzo Puma, we highlight many concerts he organized at the Officers' Club at the Palazzo Cusani in Milan and the “Società Umanitaria“. Every year, in the month of August, Puma dedicates himself in Sicily, where performes in numerous outdoor concerts, especially in the province of Agrigento. In all of these events we could see singing together with him some promising young opera singers.
In 2009, Vincenzo Puma and his association organized and participated in the Centennial Birth Celebration of the renowed soprano Magda Olivero at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, under the patronage of the Municipality of Milan, an event marked by a huge influx of reporters and important people, which has met with great success.
In December 2009, Vincenzo Puma has received the Golden Ambrogino offered by the Municipality of Milan, for the constant help offered for years by his association to many young people who are entering the world of opera.
In the month of November 2013, The Seventh Edition of the International Singing Competition "Magda Olivero” was held. Sponsored by the City and the Province of Milan, with the important collaboration of the famous soprano Magda Olivero, president of the jury. Each year there are many opera singers of all nationalities from countries around the world that participating this competition.