Ryan Speedo Green, an ensemble member of Opera Colorado's Young Artists, was named one of five winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York on Sunday, March 13. The winners were selected from eight finalists who performed arias with the Met Orchestra, conducted by Patrick Summers. Each winner receives a cash prize of $15,000 and even more importantly, the opportunity to launch a major operatic career.
The Grand Finals Concert was hosted by renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. During the judges' deliberations, tenor Lawrence Brownlee, a Met star and 2001 Auditions winner, gave a special performance featuring "Je crois entendre encore" from Les Pêcheurs de Perles and "Ah! mes amis" from La Fille du Régiment.
The Grand Finals Concert was recorded for broadcast at a later date on public radio stations across the United States. Check local listings for air times.
Nearly 1,500 singers between the ages of 20 and 30 years old participated in this year's auditions, which are held annually in 41 districts and 14 regions throughout the United States and Canada and are sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera National Council. Given the reach of the auditions, the number of applicants, and the long tradition associated with them, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are considered the most prestigious in North America for singers seeking to launch an operatic career.