University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Opera singers will compete in District Metropolitan Opera auditions Nov. 23

The ND Met: North Dakota District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions will hold its 50th annual auditions at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall in Hughes Fine Arts Center. The ND Met Auditions are singing competitions for young aspiring opera singers presented in a concert format and are open to the public.  Admission is free.

The competition/concert portion begins at 11:30 a.m., and will be followed later that afternoon by a public master class conducted by internationally acclaimed artist Richard Boldrey. Delores Ziegler, mezzo-soprano and University of Maryland professor, and Carol Kirkpatrick, dramatic soprano and author of Aria Ready: The Business of Singing, will also serve as competition judges.

The ND Met Auditions and events continue to be free and open to the public thanks to generous sponsorship by the North Valley Arts Council, the UND Music Department, and individual supporters. The application deadline for singers is in early November; please check our FaceBook page (ND Met: North Dakota District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions) or the MONC website for details.

Full Schedule
Saturday, Nov. 23 beginning at 11:30 a.m.:  North Dakota District Met Auditions, Open Concert/Competition,
followed by:
-Awards ceremony (approximately 1:30 p.m.), followed by
-Private singer consultations with judges
-Public master class with Richard Boldrey (approximately 2:30 p.m.)

Exact times of the awards ceremony and master class will be announced on our FaceBook page and Twitter (@NDMet) on the day of the competition.

About the Competition
This competition is open to aspiring opera singers between the ages of 20 and 30 and aims to identify exceptional young talent and provide a venue for these young singers to be heard by representatives of  The Metropolitan Opera. Three judges will listen to the singers perform at least two opera arias and select winners to advance to the Upper Midwest Regional Finals held in Minneapolis in February 2014. Winners from the Regional Levels are sponsored to go to New York in March for the National Council Semi-Finals, and the finalists selected from that round will perform at the Grand Finals Concert in March 2014 on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. Throughout the four levels of the National Council Auditions, singers compete for nearly half a million dollars of prize money and the prestige of being a Met winner. The North Dakota District Auditions attract singers from our region, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Manitoba, but has also included competitors from as far away as Texas and New York. Our district has produced national winners and semi-finalists, and many of our ND Met winners go on to have rewarding careers in vocal music.