Sunday March 1 at 3 PM Metropolitan Opera New York
Some of today’s greatest singers got their start in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Eric Owens, Stephanie Blythe, Hei-Kyung Hong, Lawrence Brownlee, Michael Fabiano, Lisette Oropesa, Christian Van Horn, Jamie Barton, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Nadine Sierra.
Come see the 2020 Finalists compete for cash prizes and the chance to launch a major operatic career while accompanied by the Met Orchestra, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Following the concert, toast our new 2020 winners at a champagne reception on The Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier.
About the National Council
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The Auditions take place in 40 Districts and 12 Regions throughout the US and Canada all run locally by volunteers.
To explore the rich history of the National Council, this short film was written and produced by Paul Gruber of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Starting with the Auditions of the Air in the 1930s and continuing today, the Auditions have been a defining step in the careers of our greatest opera stars.
The Audition, directed by award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke, examines the intense pressures young opera singers face as they struggle to succeed in one of the most difficult professions in the performing arts. The feature-length documentary takes you behind the scenes at the 2007 National Council Auditions, where each year thousands of hopefuls compete for a cash prize, the chance to sing on the Met stage – and the opportunity to launch a major operatic career. View the trailer above and visit Met Opera on Demand or the Met Opera Shop to see the whole film.
For over 60 years, these volunteers have generously given of their time, money and support to assist young singers throughout the country in making it to the next level in their careers. The Metropolitan Opera is grateful for their commitment.
If you would like to become involved with the auditions in your area and be a part of the Met family, please fill out the MONC volunteer form.
Support the National Council
The Metropolitan Opera National Council was founded in 1952 by Mrs. August Belmont to increase national interest in and support for the Metropolitan Opera.
The contributions of the National Council membership provide direct support for the Met and the National Council Auditions program.
Joining the National Council is a way to become more involved with the Met and affords benefits such as:
- An invitation to the annual National Council Spring Weekend in New York City where you can meet fellow National Council members from across the country and hear the opera stars of the future at the Grand Finals Concert
- A 10% discount at the Metropolitan Opera Shop
- A subscription to OPERA NEWS magazine
- Priority ticketing for Met performances
For more information about National Council membership and benefits, please see our National Council Membership Brochure.
The National Council Districts and Regions are administered by volunteers and National Council members across the country. Each District and Region raises money locally for holding their auditions and for award money for their singers.
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