This month, you're invited to be part of the excitement as opera's future stars compete for a chance to sing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions begin with Preliminaries on Friday, January 21 at 9:30am. District Finals follow Saturday, January 22, at 12:30pm, and the Rocky Mountain Regional Finals will be held Saturday, January 29 at 1:30 pm. All auditions will be held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 950 13th Street. They are free and open to the public.
Winners of the Regional competitions advance to the National Finals on the Metropolitan Opera stage in March 2011 where they compete for a $15,000 prize. Approximately 100 former participants in the National Council Auditions appear on the Met roster every season and nearly half of those are National Winners. Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, Deborah Voigt, and many other opera luminaries were winners of the Met Auditions.