Promising opera singers compete for a chance to “win the Met” and kick-start a major operatic career at the Metropolitan Opera District Council Auditions for Ohio. This free event will take place 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.
Local audiences have the opportunity to sample operatic selections sung by some of Ohio’s most talented young singers throughout the day at this event!
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 four rounds of competition — district, regional, semi-final and final. The Ohio district is one of 42 districts throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The winners of the Ohio district will advance to the regional auditions, held in Chicago in January 2018. The National Semi-Finals and Grand Finals Concert will take place in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera House in April 2018. Last year, four CCM alumni competed in the semi-finals: Jessica Faselt, soprano (MM Voice, 2016); Summer Hassan, soprano (MM Voice, 2014); Andrew Manea, baritone (MM Voice, 2016); and Cody Quattlebaum, bass-baritone (BM Voice, 2015) — who was chosen as a finalist in the national competition.
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. 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.
Learn more about the National Council Auditions at metopera.org/about/auditions/nationalcouncil/.
9 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Admission to the Metropolitan Opera District Council Auditions for Ohio is 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 UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.
For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.
For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation