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




Kentucky District Competition Date:
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM

Place: Memorial Hall, University of KY, Lexington, KY

2013 Winners

Whitney Myers, Soprano
Jose Rubio, Baritone
William Clay Thompson, Bass

The winners will advance to the Mid South Region Auditions in Memphis on February 8, 2014.

Encouragement Award

Elizabeth Maurey

Dominic Cossa
Johanna Meier
Carol Vaness

Official Accompanist:
Cliff Jackson

The prize money of $7,500 will be divided equally among the winners as chosen by the judges, although no single winner will receive more than $2,500. In addition, the Gail Robinson District Encouragement Award of $500 will be granted.

A Master Class
will be conducted by Carol Vaness
2:00 PM Sunday, November 24, 2013
Memorial Hall, University of Kentucky.
Metropolitan Opera Auditioners will be given
preferential opportunity to participate.

Come join us to see how aspiring singers are coached by the masters.

Application deadline: Monday, November 18, 2013
Only the first 30 applications will be accepted
Application fee is $30
Checks should be made payable to
Lexington Opera Society and mailed to:
Dr. Clifton Smith
177 Burt Road
Lexington, KY 40503


The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are a nation-wide vocal competition. In this 60th season of auditions there are 40 District auditions sites and 13 Regional auditions sites throughout the continental United Sates, 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.  

The Lexington Opera Society hosted the Kentucky District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions on November 17, 2012 at Memorial Hall. The distinguished judges were Douglas Ahlstedt, Professor of Voice at Carnegie Mellon University, Joan Dornemann, Assistant Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, and Gayletha Nichols, Executive Director of the National Council Auditions. Twenty-three singers competed, with Associate Professor John Greer serving as the official accompanist. The winners, who advanced to the Mid-South Regional Auditions in Memphis, TN, were Rebecca Farley, soprano from UK Opera Theatre, Thomas Gunther, baritone from UK Opera Theatre, and Edward Nelson, baritone from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  Each winner received a $2,500 cash prize. Encouragement Awards of $500 were given to Evan Johnson, tenor from UK Opera Theatre, and Jacob Waid, baritone from UK Opera Theatre.  

On November 18, Joan Dornemann conducted a Master Class. The District Auditions and the Master Class were free and open to the public.

The Mid-South Regional Auditions were held on January 26, 2013 in Memphis, TN with 13 singers competing. The winner, Edward Nelson, baritone from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music will advance to the National Semi-Final round in New York on March 3, 2013.  UK Opera Theatre’s Rebecca Farley, soprano, placed second.  Mabs Seay, mezzo soprano, placed third.


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