Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions | Colorado-Utah-Wyoming-Nevada-New Mexico
Where Great Opera Singers Are Discovered!
You may discover the next Renee Fleming at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions! The program was born in Minneapolis/St.Paul in 1954. The opera auditions are made possible by over 1500 dedicated volunteers in 42 U.S. opera districts, which are grouped into 12 regions. Your Rocky Mountain Region has been looking for great voices to sing at the Met since 1958, in the Colorado-Wyoming District, the Utah District and the Nevada District. The Rocky Mountain Regional Finals are held at the Gates Concert Hall of the University of Denver. The Met Opera auditions are a nationwide competition beginning at the district level and culminating in the exciting National Council Grand Finals Concert at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
The winners from the 12 opera regions represent their region at the National Semi-Finals in New York; at this opera audition they present two arias on the Metropolitan Opera stage accompanied by piano. Approximately ten of these opera singers are selected as National Finalists and compete in the National Grand Finals Concert, which is held one week later. The National Grand Finalists' opera program consists of two arias each on the stage of The Metropolitan Opera accompanied by the Met Opera Orchestra in concert. Up to five equal winners will be chosen and awarded $15,000 each. The remaining opera singer finalists will receive $5,000 each. National Semi-Finalists not advancing to the Finals each receive $1,500. The Grand Finals Concert is broadcast nationwide on The Metropolitan Opera Radio Network.