60th Metropolitan Opera National Council Oregon District Auditions
The 60th Metropolitan Opera National Council Oregon District Auditions will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2013 – 1pm at PSU’s Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Avenue in Portland. These Auditions are open to the public and for an opera lover they are the best entertainment value in town! Where else can one hear some 50 arias drawn from the entire operatic repertoire in one day? All for $15.
This year’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Oregon District Audition judges are Brad Trexell, Planning Director of Opera Colorado in Denver ; Joel Revzen , conductor of Arizona Opera; and Peter Kazaras, Artistic Director of the Young Artists Program at UCLA and Seattle Opera. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Oregon District Auditions will be Janet Day.
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Oregon District Auditions winners will go to the Regional Auditions held Sunday, January 19, 2014 in Seattle (which includes winners from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Montana and Idaho). The winners from the Seattle Regional auditions are New York City – Lincoln Center bound – where 26 finalists from all over the USA and Canada will compete – and finally, on March 30, 2014, the Grand Finalists will perform with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York.
The Metropolitan Opera National Council sponsors auditions in 42 Districts and 14 Regions throughout this country, Puerto Rico and Canada and continues to search for the best young vocal talent. These auditions are an excellent way for singers to be heard not only by the Metropolitan Opera, but by the many professionals in the opera business who judge the auditions in all parts of the country with the intend “to identify future Luciano Pavarottis and Renée Flemings” (the latter a Metropolitan Opera National Council audition winner). The value of these auditions goes far beyond the prize money – it is an opportunity for talent recognition, individual advisement and career advancement.
Former Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition participants represent a choice sample of important artists appearing on The Met stage including: Angela Meade, Audrey Luna, Renée Fleming, Ben Heppner and Deborah Voigt among many others. Over 100 singers on The Metropolitan Opera roster during any given season have auditioned for Metropolitan Opera National Council. While there are many routes to the stage of the Met, for North American singers the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions create an introduction to the company that may have otherwise eluded them.
Come and see if you can pick the winners and agree with the judges!
$15 tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the auditions