Past Winners

More than 75,000 young singers have participated in the auditions over the past 50 years. Many current and past participants in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program have successfully competed in the National Council Auditions, as have a high percentage of the principal artists on the Metropolitan Opera roster. Charles Taylor, winner of the 2001 Rocky Mountain Region Auditions was a member of that program. On average, every season there are over 100 singers on the Met roster that have gone through the auditions program. Those appearing in major roles at the Met include Renée Fleming, Hei-Kyung Hong, Patricia Racette, Ruth Ann Swenson, Dawn Upshaw, Carol Vaness, Veronica Villarroel, Deborah Voigt, Stephanie Blythe, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Jennifer Larmore, Susanne Mentzer, Dolora Zajick, David Daniels, Vinson Cole, Paul Groves, Jerry Hadley, Ben Heppner, Nathan Gunn, Thomas Hampson, Mark Oswald, Paul Plishka, Samuel Ramey and Colorado’s Cynthia Lawrence.

 

Brad Walker | Bass-baritione
CO-WY District – 2018

Brad Walker, 29, Bass-baritione Named Winner of 2018 Rocky Mountain Region Auditions

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Sarah Coit | Mezzo-Soprano & Eric Taylor | Tenor
Utah District – 2017

Sarah Coit and Eric Taylor Named Winners of 2017 Rocky Mountain Region Auditions.

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Christine Price | Soprano
CO-WY District – 2016

Soprano Christine Price, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a second year Master of Music candidate in Vocal Performance at The Juilliard School.

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Sarah Cambidge | Soprano
CO-WY District – 2015

Ms. Cambidge completed her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.

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Sarah Tucker | Soprano
CO-WY District – 2014

Ms. Tucker is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati College‐Conservatory of Music.

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Ao Li | Bass-Baritone
CO-WY District – 2014

In the 2010-2011 Season at San Francisco Opera, Ao sang the role of Ascanio Petrucci (Lucrezia Borgia) and El Dancairo (Carmen for Families).

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Rebecca Pedersen | Soprano
Utah District – 2013

A 21 year-old soprano and native of Bountiful, Utah, was named One of Six National Grand Finals Winners.

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Alek Shrader | Tenor
CO-WY District – 2007

Alek Shrader is a graduate student at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, where he studies with Professor of Singing Salvatore Champagne.

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Nina Yoshida Nelsen | Mezzo Soprano
UT District – 2006

Nina Yoshida Nelsen was awarded first place in the Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, held in Denver, Colorado and she sang in the National Semi-Finals in New York City.

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Michael Sumuel | Bass-Baritone
CO-WY District – 2012

American bass-baritone Michael Sumuel recently made his San Francisco Opera debut creating the roles of Tom and Ted in the world premiere of Heart of a Soldier.

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Ryan Green | Bass-Baritone
CO-WY District – 2011

Ryan Speedo Green received his MM in Voice Performance at Florida State University. He received his BM from The Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT.

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Lesley Anne Friend | Soprano
CO-WY District – 2010

Lesley Anne Friend, 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards Semi-Finalist, and winner of awards from Marguerite McCammon Vocal Competition.

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Edward Hanlon | Bass-Baritone
Utah District – 2010

A 2009 Metropolitan Opera Competition Regional Diamond Wendelboe Award Winner and runner-up in the Birmingham Musicale Voice Competiton, Edward Hanlon.

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Mark Van Arsdale | Tenor
CO-WY District – 2009

Mark Van Arsdale is a native of Denver, Colorado and a product of musical outreach programs in the Denver area, including Opera Colorado and the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

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Rachel Willis-Sørensen | Soprano
Utah District – 2008

Ms. Willis-Sørensen is a graduate student at the Brigham Young University School of Music from where she received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance in April, 2008.

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