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Our Rocky Mountain Region Winners!

The Met Opera Auditions continued “virtually”  throughout the pandemic, even as the Met itself was forced to cancel all of its productions. Thanks to you and other Auditions supporters, we met our $16,000 goal in last season’s Drive! You helped bring us to the top last year. Now we have finished the 2022 Auditions. The CO/WY District Competition was held in Denver Saturday, January 22. On Saturday, February 12, we hosted the Rocky Mountain Regional Finals with a limited live audience or Livestream. We flew out judges, rented out the Calvary Baptist Church, and generally were busy covering all the expenses of a traditional round of auditions. Metropolitan Opera National Council Executive Director Melissa Wegner worked closely with us to get all the pieces in place again. This year, our expenses added up to $26,000, similar to previous years. And that’s where you come in! We got to a little over $20,000, bringing us to within $5000 of our goal, and well above last year’s $16,000. Your involvement will help singers during this challenging year and advance their careers.


Here are the winners from our Met Opera Grand National Finals Competition!!

Two first-prize winners — Mary Hoskins and Daniel O’Hearn —  from our February 21 Auditions moved on to the National Semifinals in New York in late April, and Daniel went on to compete in the Grand National Finals May 1 with the Met Opera Orchestra backing him up!

Here are the winners of the Grand National Finals on May 1:

Le Bu | Bass-Baritone | Midwest Region

Matthew Cairns | Tenor | Great Lakes Region

Alexandra Razskazoff | Soprano | Southeast Region

Julie Roset | Soprano | Central Region

Anne Marie Stanley | Mezzo-Soprano | Upper Midwest Region

Esther Tonea | Soprano | Western Region

Photo credit Natalie Powers/Met Opera (from L-R: Tonea, Razskazoff, Cairns, Bu, Roset, Stanley).

First Place (tie)
Mary Hoskins, soprano, 29, Saratoga Springs, UT (UT district)
Daniel O’Hearn, tenor, 25, Chicago, IL (UT district)

Third Place
Sahel Salam, tenor, 28, Houston, TX (AZ district)

Erna Butler Young Singer’s Encouragement Award
Phillip Lopez, bass-baritone, 27, Avon, IL (CO-WY district)

Father Diamond Wendelboe Memorial Scholarship
Winona Martin, mezzo-soprano, 25, Dallas, TX (AZ district)



You Make These Auditions Possible!

This year, your support is needed more than ever. Please consider increasing your donation to MONC. Our operating expenses will be higher than last year’s to cover the costs of a truly live set of Auditions, including in singer awards, judges’ flight and other expenses, rental of the Calvary Baptist Church, and more. Because we missed live auditions last year, we were not able to make live “asks” for donations during the Auditons themselves. Please go to our donations page on our website to donate securely online or by mail or phone.

Our fundraising goal for 2021-2022 was $26,000 for singers’ awards and other expenses. So far, we are within about $5,000 of our goal. Please make your donation today. Thank you.

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COVID Protocols 2022

The Metropolitan Opera in New York must abide by the protocols established by New York City and require us to do the same in our region. Therefore, all singers, judges, volunteers and guests will be required to show identification and proof of current vaccination — including proof of boosters — to be allowed in, and everyone but the singers will be required to wear masks at all times. 

*Please note that due to the on-going pandemic, for the safety of our performers, volunteers, and guests it may become necessary to cancel or limit audience attendance. Please check our website here for any changes at


Photo of Regional Winners by Chris Mohr


Click Here for Rocky Mountain Region Complete Program!



You may discover the next Renee Fleming at the Laffont Competitions! The program was born in Minneapolis/St.Paul in 1954. The opera auditions are made possible by over 1500 dedicated volunteers in 28 U.S. opera districts and Mexico, which are grouped into 10 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 now held at Calvary Baptist Church. 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 $25,000 each. The remaining opera singer finalists will receive $10,000 each. National Semi-Finalists not advancing to the Finals each receive $1,500.

From the Met

Here is more information from the Metropolitan Opera. As you can see, they continue to work very hard to make the Auditions happen to ensure a future for opera in America. This is what your donation is supporting in this challenging time!

Recently, the Met Opera had a feedback webinar for the singers who did not qualify for the District rounds. Melissa was joined by singer and mental health counselor Beth Clayton, who is also one of their MONC judges. We discussed feedback from the video auditions and strategies for handling disappointment, objective self-assessment, and moving forward with goals. Here’s a profile that Opera News ran on Beth in the September 2020 issue:

Melissa Wegner


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Watch our National Finals Winner Jonah Hoskins

in Recital for Free on his Facebook Live Page!

Dear Opera Fan,

On March 1 of 2020, Steve Dilts, Ellie Caulkins, Chris Mohr and Karen Mohr were part of the audience at the Grand National Finals of the MONC auditions, one of the last events at the Met before the opera house had to close down during the pandemic. The concert was the culmination of months of district and regional auditions across North America, and ended with the announcement of the national winners on the Met stage. We were thrilled when we heard our Rocky Mountain Regional finalist, tenor Jonah Hoskins, named as one of the five winners. Today, as all our lives have been upended in so many ways, that experience seems like another lifetime. Still, in one form or another, music goes on. As Jonah’s and our gift to you, we want to offer you his free online recital.

In an interview with Jonah which appears in the current auditions newsletter, he told us how disappointing it was that he didn’t have a live audience for his senior recital, but that it is streamed on his FaceBook page. We have heard Jonah sing some incredible opera highlights in his Met Auditions, and now you can see what an excellent interpreter of art song he is as well. Jonah would love for you to see his performance here.



Calvary Baptist Church

6500 E. Girard Ave, Denver CO 80224

Colorado/Wyoming District Auditions

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Rocky Mountain Regional Finals

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Grand National Finals

Sunday, May 1, 2022, 3:00pm
Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY




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