Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions | Colorado-Utah-Wyoming-Arizona

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 40 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 Arizona 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.


Colorado/Wyoming District Auditions

Saturday, January 25, 9:30am
Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts
University of Denver

Rocky Mountain Regional Finals

Sunday. January 26, 1:30pm
Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts
University of Denver

Grand National Finals

Sunday, March 1, 3:00pm
Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY


Opera Party February 9 at 3:30 pm Features Opera Colorado Artists in Residence!

As we eagerly anticipate the Colorado-Wyoming District auditions on January 25 and the Rocky Mountain Regional Finals on January 26, we invite you to join fellow opera lovers for an afternoon of great singing, hors d’oeuvres, and wine featuring the Opera Colorado Artists in Residence. Hear these phenomenal singers in the intimacy and comfort of the Moffat Depot room at Balfour Riverfront Park’s elegant downtown location,1500 Little Raven St, Denver, CO 80202 —and enjoy free valet parking (no tipping)! A 3:30 start time will allow symphony goers to attend right after the afternoon concert, and accommodate those with evening plans as well. Space is limited, so buy your ticket today by clicking below. Requested donation is $35 per person in advance, $40 at the door, all food and beverages included. We hope you’ll consider an additional donation to help support our mission of helping young singers’ dreams come true.

The Opera Colorado Artists in Residence (previously called the Opera Colorado Young Artists) are selected from hundreds of applicants for an eight month residency. Each season they bring opera to thousands of people across Colorado, performing in schools, community centers, and other venues. They also take on select mainstage roles for Opera Colorado; and are the featured performers in the annual Student Matinee. While in Denver, they receive training and coaching from artistic staff and guest artists. Last fall, several of them participated in a Master Class by Renee Fleming. The program’s director Cherity Koepke will be joining us on February 9 to introduce you to these delightful singers so you can learn about their backgrounds—some of them quite unusual! You’ll also have a chance to visit with them at the reception.

This event will sell out, so get your tickets by clicking  here,
 or send a $35 check to Steve Dilts, 1500 Little Raven Street, Apt. 406, Denver, CO 80202.


Meet the 2019 National Winner from

the Rocky Mountain Region!

Baritone Thomas Glass


Baritone Thomas Glass is a 2018-2019 Studio Artist at Houston Grand Opera, where this season he makes his role debut as Marcello in La Bohème, Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas and covers the title role in Don Giovanni. Additional season debuts include Marcello with Des Moines Metro Opera. In the 2017-2018 season with Houston Grand Opera, Mr. Glass made his role debut as Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, performed Baron Duphol in La Traviata, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Officer Krupke in Bernstein’s West Side Story. Further assignments in the season included the cover of Achilla in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto. He joined Wolf Trap Opera to sing Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, and appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra as the baritone soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.


In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Glass was a Resident Artist at Minnesota Opera, where he made his professional debut as Capulet in Roméo et Juliette. He created the role of Gustave in the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight and made his role debut as Schaunard in La bohème. Other assignments included covers of Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Donner in Das Rheingold, and Dan Packard and Dr. Talbot in Dinner at Eight. In the summer of 2017, the baritone participated in the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, where he was featured in the Schwabacher Concert, performing Athanaël in Massenet’s Thaïs and singing Ford’s Monologue from Verdi’s Falstaff in the Grand Finale Concert.


And here are the winners of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera Auditions Rocky Mountain Region!

On February 24, eleven singers who had won in the Colorado/Wyoming, Utah and Arizona districts converged onstage for the Rocky Mountain Regional Finals. The singers were extraordinarily talented, and we are proud to list our winners!

Mary Hoskins

Baritone Thomas Glass and Soprano Mary Hoskins tied for First Place, each receiving a patron award of $2700, The Spencer Foundation Award of $2,000, and the Mrs. Edgar Tobin Award for the Tobin Endowment of $800. They were also flown to New York to compete in the National Semifinals on the Met stage on March 24.

Matthilda Edge

The Third Place Award was granted to Soprano Matthilda Edge. She won the $1500 Colorado/Wyoming Patron Award of $1500 and the Erna D. Butler Award of $600.

Jonah Hoskins

Jonah Hoskins received the $600 Erna D. Butler Young Singer’s Encouragement Award.

Griffen Tracy

Griffen Tracey received the $500 Father Diamond Wendelboe Memorial Scholarship.

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