Hear the stars of tomorrow compete for a chance to “win the Met,” and kick start a major operatic career, at the Metropolitan Opera District Council Auditions for Southern Ohio. This free event is open to the public and will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Robert J. Werner Recital Hall in CCM Village.

Each year, the Metropolitan Opera holds National Council Auditions throughout the country and Canada in order to discover promising young singers, give singers from around the country a chance to be heard by the major opera companies of the United States and Canada, and find potential participants for the Lindemann Young Artist Development program, an opera training program sponsored by the Met. There are three rounds of competition in total, consisting of district, regional, and finally national rounds of competition. The Southern Ohio district is one of 42 districts throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The winners of the Southern Ohio district will advance to the Regional auditions, held in Chicago. Last year, CCM alumna Audrey Walstrom won both the District and Regional auditions and advanced to the National Semi-Final auditions, held in New York City on the Metropolitan Opera stage. Out of this pool of incredibly advanced and polished singers, approximately 10 are chosen each year as Finalists, and from those, approximately 5 “win the Met.” The 5 Grand Winners receive $15,000 each, and many go on to successful careers as opera stars. The process of this rigorous and stressful competition was documented in The Audition, a film following the finalists of the 2007 Auditions.

Past winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions include Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade and Deborah Voigt.

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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