Opera & Musical Theater

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Houston

This Saturday at Rice University the Houston District holds its annual Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) auditions offering young singers the opportunity to advance to the regional auditions in New Orleans and then on to the Met in New York City.  Houston District director, Rhonda Sweeney, talks with St.John Flynn about how it all goes down.

Saturday, beginning at 10a.m., the Shepherd School of Music at Rice will be filled with the sound of song as thirty-seven young opera singers audition for the chance to get to the Met in New York for the annual Met Opera National Council Grand Finals.

Singers from all over the country and abroad will take the stage to perform two arias for the judges, one of their choosing and one chosen by the judges from the prepared list.

Those the judges consider good enough to compete regionally will advance to the regional finals in New Orleans in January.  From there, it’s the semi-finals and Grand Finals Concert at the Met in March.

Houston District director Rhonda Sweeney explains the audition process and what these annual auditions mean for young opera singers.

The Houston District auditions are Saturday, December 14th, beginning at 10AM, at the Shepherd School on the Rice University campus.  The public is invited to come for an aria or stay for the whole day.

For more information check out the Houston District MONC on Facebook.


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