Met Opera District Auditions Return to Memorial Hall
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2013) — The Kentucky District Auditions of the Metropolitan (Met) Opera National Council Auditions will be held at University of Kentucky's Memorial Hall this weekend. The auditions, featuring the area's best collegiate vocal talents evaluated by a distinguished judging panel, will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. The event is free and open to the public.
The Met auditions are sponsored by the Lexington Opera Society. As part of the auditions, 16 participating opera vocalists will be judged by Dominic Cossa, voice professor at the University of Maryland; Joanna Meier, one of the foremost Wagnerian sopranos of her era; and Carol Vaness, voice professor at Indiana University.
Cliff Jackson, vocal coach at UK, will serve as the official accompanist.
A master class, which is free and open to the public, will be conducted by Vaness at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov.24, at Memorial Hall. A San Diego native, Vaness launched her professional singing career at the New York City Opera, where she appeared regularly from 1979 to 1983. Since then, she has sung on the world's biggest stages and at premier music festivals, collaborated with today's foremost conductors in operatic and symphonic repertoires, appeared on numerous television broadcasts throughout North America and Europe and has compiled a distinguished catalog of recordings.
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are a nationwide vocal competition. In this 60th season of auditions there are 40 district audition sites and 13 regional audition sites throughout the continental United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Winners at the district level advance to compete in their region finals. This year's regionals will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre in Memphis, Tenn.
In addition, the auditions serve to discover new participants in the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, a program designed to nurture the most talented young artists through training and performance opportunities. The program also provides financial aid and supervised artistic direction for young artists.
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