Kentucky District




“For me, the auditions have shaped my career into what it is today. They began opening opera house doors from the very first round. If it weren’t for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, I most certainly would not have the kind of career that I have today.”
      Gregory Turay,       National Winner 1995




“I met a lot of wonderful friends and associates in the business through the National Council Auditions. We continue to stay in touch throughout the years, and enjoy getting together and catching up whenever possible.”

Denyce Graves, Mezzo-Soprano




The Metropolitan Opera National Council Kentucky District is part of the Central Region.

The Kentucky District Auditions,
hosted by OperaLex, were held
1:00 PM November 12, 2016
at First Presbyterian Church,
174 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507

District Winners!

Announcing our three equal winners,
who will advance to the Central Region

(from left to right)
Thabang Masango (UK Opera Theatre)
Courtney Jameson (Indiana University)
Jianan Huang (Indiana University)

Encouragement award winners

Taylor Comstock (winner of the Gail Robinson Encouragement Award) (UK Opera Theatre)
Jeremiah Marcele Sanders (Butler University)

2016 Judges
Dean Anthony
Stephanie Sundine
Diane Zola

A master class was held the following day, November 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church.

Nan McSwain was the official pianist for the auditions and the master class.

The Central Region Auditions will be held in Chicago on November 20, 2016.

All materials including application, required documentation and your check must be received not later than November 2, 2016.
For additional information contact:

Kris Gilbert, District Co-Director
c/o Opera Lex
PO Box 8463
Lexington, KY 40533-8463

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are a nation-wide vocal competition. In this season of auditions there are 42 District auditions sites and 13 Regional auditions sites throughout the continental United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Over 1,500 singers between the ages of 20 and 30 participate in the District audition of his or her choice. Winners at the District level advance to compete in their Region Finals.  


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