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




Report from Gayletha Nichols, Executive Director Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Dear Volunteers
We are thrilled so many of you were able to come to the MONC semi-finals and finals this season! What a terrific weekend with had with great opera, master classes, dinners together, meetings and of course, the Grand Finals Concert and reception. Attached (and at the bottom of this page) are just two of the many articles written about the concert. Perhaps there is something here you can use for your auditions publicity next season and for your websites now.

We had a very good Auditions Meeting Saturday and minutes will be distributed within the next couple weeks. Thanks again to everyone who returned the survey. We had approximately 85% participation in time to distribute information at the meeting. We'd still like to hear from everyone, it's not too late to facture in everyone's results before the end of the fiscal year.

I am already planning next season's calendar, including travel for both Melissa and myself. The sooner I have your district and region dates, the more helpful that is to me. Updates on the judges lists, Handbook and other forms in our FTP, will be made over the summer. We'll let you know when that's all ready to go with a new password. Please enjoy these two photos attached YOUR 2015 Met National Council Finalists!

Best to all, Gayletha

Wall Street Journal Article (PDF)
New York Times Article (PDF)

Mid-South Region Auditions:

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015

 Mid-South Region winner was Matthew Turner
Second place winner was Huanhuan Ma
The two encouragement award winners were
Christopher Kenney and Josh Quinn.
Marcus Küchle
Gayletha Nichols
David Roth
Official accompanist:Cliff Jackson

Kentucky District Competition Date:
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM

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

2014 Winners
Rebecca Farley, Matthew Turner, Christopher Kenny.

Gail Robinson Encouragement Award Recipients
Mary Catherine Wright, Shareese Arnold, Jonathan Parham.

Wolfgang Brendel
Carroll Freeman
Stanford Olsen

Official Accompanist:
Cliff Jackson

Winners' prize money was $4,500 with no more than $1500 to each winner.
Gail Robinson Encouragement Award $500

Master Class
Wolfgang Brendel taught the Master Class
on Sunday, Nov 23 at 2:00 pm

The winners Advanced to the Mid South Region Auditions
hosted by OperaLex in Lexington
February 21, 2015

Judges for Mid South Region Auditions to be announced.

Prize Money:
as much as $13,000 in prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the judges

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are a nation-wide vocal competition. In this 61st 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.  


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