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Auditions Happening This Winter Nationwide!

met opera auditionsThe 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. Now we are getting ready for our fall/winter drive for the 2022 Auditions. These will be held in Denver Saturday, January 22 for the Colorado/Wyoming District Auditions, and Saturday, February 12 for the Rocky Mountain Regional Finals. We are already making plans to fly out judges, rent out the Calvary Baptist Church, and generally cover all the expenses of a traditional round of auditions. Metropolitan Opera National Council Executive Director Melissa Wegner is working closely with us to get all the pieces in place again. This year, our expenses will add up to $26,000, similar to previous years. And that’s where you come in! Your involvement will help singers during this challenging year and advance their careers. And Mark Your Calendars for January 22 and February 12 at our new location at Calvary Baptist Church! We are moving there this year because we were not sure we could conform with the Met Opera’s national COVID protocols at the Newman Center this year due to the fact that the facility is being shared by the DU Music School students and faculty.

                              

 

 

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 2020-2021 is $26,000 for singers’ awards and other expenses. Please make your donation today. Thank you.

 

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 to be allowed in, and everyone but the singers will be required to wear masks at all times. 

 

 

 

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 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 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 $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.

Met Opera Rocky Mountain Regional Winners from March 14!

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our five incredibly talented winners of the 2021 Metropolitan Opera National Council Rocky Mountain Regional Winners! Jongwon Han and Cheyanne Coss went to New York as semifinalists, where they auditioned at the national level. The National Semifinals were held on Sunday, May 9, 2021. Jogwon Han won at the Semifinals, and moved on to the National Grand Finals Concert on Sunday, May 16, 2021.

 

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: https://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2020/9/Features/Sound_Advocate.html

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.

 

2022 ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL AUDITIONS

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

Here are the Winners from the March 2020 Grand National Finals!

HERE WERE THE WINNERS OF THE 2020 MONC WINNERS from Sunday’s Grand National Finals in New York, including the Rocky Mountain Region’s own Jonah Hoskins! Jonah killed “Ah Mes Amis,” singing all nine high Cs with ease and adding several high D’s as an extra flourish. Thank you everyone, your support makes this possible!

Gabrielle Beteag, Mezzo-Soprano, Southeast Region

Blake Denson, Baritone, Midwest Region

Jonah Hoskins, Tenor, Rocky Mountain Region

Alexandria Shiner, Soprano, Middle Atlantic Region

Denis Vélez, Soprano, Gulf Coast Region

The above photo is credited to Richard Termine/Metropolitan Opera

L-R: Beteag, Denson, Vélez, Hoskins, Shiner

 

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