The Metropolitan Opera, New York City.

Hear the opera stars of tomorrow compete for a chance to “win the Met,” and kick-start a major career at the Metropolitan Opera District Council Auditions for the Southern Ohio district on Saturday, Oct. 5. CCM hosts these Southern Ohio Auditions from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall. Audiences have the opportunity to attend this event for free and sample operatic selections throughout the day.

Each year, North America’s most promising new opera talent begin their journey to the fabled stage of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York during these regional auditions. 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.

Artist Diploma student Thomas Richards, bass-baritone.

Artist Diploma student Thomas Richards, bass-baritone.

The winners of the Southern Ohio district will advance to the Regional auditions, held in Chicago. Out of the pool of incredibly advanced and polished singers, approximately 10 are chosen each year as finalists in the national competition, and from those, approximately five “win the Met.” The five Grand Winners receive $15,000 each, and many go on to successful careers as opera stars. Last year, CCM Artist Diploma candidate Thomas Richards, bass-baritone, was named a Grand Finals Winner of the Metroplitan Opera’s 2013 National Council Auditions.

Learn more about Thomas Richards’ win here.

For more than six decades, this competition for exceptionally talented singers from across the country has helped launch the careers of some of opera’s greatest stars, including Stephanie Blythe, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Patricia Racette and Deborah Voigt—as well as, more recently, Lawrence Brownlee and Angela Meade.

Performance Time
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5

Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Audiences can attend the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions for free. Reservations are not required.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the new U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

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

Community Sponsor: ArtsWave

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