This Year's Winners

Hongni Wu, Jessica Faselt, Carlos Santelli, Ashley Dixon, Madison Leonard

2017 Winners

Kyle van Schoonhoven, Vanessa Vasquez, Samantha Hankey, Kirsten MacKinnon, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Richard Smagur

2016 Winners

Sol Jin, Yelena Dyachek, Jakub Jozef Orlinski, Emily D'Angelo, Sean Michael Plumb

2015 Winners

Reginald Smith, Jr, Virginie Verrez, Joseph Dennis, Marina Costa-jackson, Nicholas Brownlee

2014 Winners

Yi Li, Julie Adams, PatrickGuetti, Amanda Woodbury, Ao Li

2013 Winners

Brandon Cedel, Sydney Mancasola, Michael Brandenburg, Rebecca Pedersen, Musa Ngqungwana, Thomas Richards

2012 Winners

Andrey Nemzer, Margaret Mezzacappa, Janai Brugger, Matthew Grills, Anthony Clark Evans

2011 Winners

Michelle Johnson, Philippe Sly, Joseph Lim, Ryan Speedo Green, Joseph Barron

2010 Winners

Lori Guilbeau, Leah Crocetto, Nathaniel Peake, Rachel Willis-Sorensen, Elliot Madore

2009 Winners

Paul Appleby, Nadine Sierra, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Eun Sung Lee

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Program is:

To discover exceptional young talent.

To provide a venue for young opera singers from all over the country and at all different levels of experience to be heard by a representative of the Metropolitan Opera and to assist those with the greatest potential in their development.

To search for new talent for the Metropolitan Opera and the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The auditions are held annually in fourteen Regions of the United States and Canada. There are forty-one Districts within these Regions, each providing an opportunity for talented singers to enter the Auditions Program at the local level. The Auditions are administered by National Council members and volunteers in each region.

The winners of the District auditions advance to the Regional Finals. Winners of this competition are brought to New York for musical preparation under the guidance of the Metropolitan Opera’s music staff. They then audition with piano on the Metropolitan Opera stage before members of the Met artistic staff at the National Semi-Finals. Those not selected as National Finalists will receive a cash award of $ 1,500.

The National Finalists will remain in residence at the Met for another week and continue to coach with the Met’s Music Staff in preparation for the Grand Finals Concert with the MET Orchestra. During this final audition they will compete before a full house audience and a distinguished panel of judges for awards in the amount of $15,000. Finalists not chosen as Winners will receive $5,000. All travel and housing for participants at the national level is paid for and arranged by The Metropolitan Opera National Council.


Announcements

  • Capitol District Winners

    Nathaniel Buttram, Alexandra Nowakowski and Amanda Palneiro have been selected to compete in the Region Finals to be held on February 10, 2019 in the Terrace Theater...
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  • 2018 National Finals Winner

    Once again we have a winner from the Middle Atlantic Region Yesterday, at the Met, Madison Leonard (one of five winners) came away with $15,000 in prize...
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  • 2018 Region Finals Results

    Awarded $6,000 each and going to NY Semi Finals in April are Ethan Simpson, Baritone, Madison Leonard, Soprano and Joshua Blue Tenor.  Other awards go to Matthew...
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