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




Competition was held
1:00 PM November 7th, 2015
at the Singletary Center For The Arts
on the campus of the University of Kentucky
in Lexington, KY

Jennifer Larmore,
acclaimed mezzo-soprano

Marcus Küchle,
Director of Artistic Operations at Cincinnati Opera

Dan Novak,
Director of Chicago Lyric Opera's Ryan Opera Center

Official Accompanist:
Cliff Jackson

Tedrin Blair Lindsay
presented the program during the judges' deliberations.

Master Class
Ms. Larmore
taught a master class
at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 8th at the Singletary Center

The winners were:

Shareese Arnold
Mary Catherine Wright
Ashley Dannewitz
Nicolette Book

Encouragement awards:
Gail Robinson Encouragement award: Thabang Masango
Encouragement award: Amanda Balltrip

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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