“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 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Memorial Hall, University of KY, Lexington, KY
The 2012-2013 winners were:
The winners will advance to the Mid-South Regional Finals to be held in Memphis on January 26, 2013.
The judges awarded two encouragement awards:
Evan Leroy Johnson
Voice Professor Carnegie Mellon School of Music
Prompter, Metropolitan Opera and Co-Founder of International Vocal Arts Institute
Director, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
John Greer will be the official accompanist for the auditions
and the master class
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 taught by Joan Dornemann
will be conducted on
Sunday, November 18, at 1:00 pm at Memorial Hall.
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 12, 2012
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
FOR RULES, REGULATIONS, ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS,
AND THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT
THE MET WEBSITE
2012/2013 Season Results
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.