I attended the Southeast Regional Finals of the Met Auditions in Atlanta, GA today. Fifteen singers ranging in age from 20-29 competed, having prepared five arias that had been practiced and polished. Today’s winner will compete in the NYC semi-finals on March 6, 2011.
In 1954 the Metropolitan Opera founded its Council auditions in order to 1) discover exceptional young talent, 2) provide a venue for young opera singers throughout the U.S. to be heard by Met representatives and assist in their development, and 3) search for new talent for the Met and the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
The judges decided to send two singers to NYC this year for the semi-finals: 26-year-old soprano Maria Antunez and 29-year-old tenor Jayson Slayden, both from South Carolina.
Second place went to baritione Richard Ollarsaba and no third place award was given. However, two encouragement awards were given to Heather Engebretson and Jeanine DeBique.