2017 Metropolitan Opera National Auditions Finalists

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L to R: Kyle van Schoonhoven, Vanessa Vasquez, Samantha Hankey, Aryeh Nussbaum-Cohen, Natalie Image, Cody Quattlebaum, Kirsten MacKinnon, Gabriella Reyes de Ramirez, Richard Smagur; Photo credit: Fay Fox/Metropolitan Opera

Nine finalists were selected in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions leading up to the Grand Finals Concert on Sunday, March 19, at 3 PM, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

 

The finalists are:

Samantha Hankey, mezzo-soprano, Eastern Region
Natalie Image, soprano, Western Region
Kirsten MacKinnon, soprano, Middle Atlantic Region
Aryeh Nussbaum-Cohen, countertenor, Eastern Region
Cody Quattlebaum, bass-baritone, Eastern Region
Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, soprano, New England Region
Richard Smagur, tenor, Central Region
Kyle van Schoonhoven, tenor, Central Region
Vanessa Vasquez, soprano, Middle Atlantic Region

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2017 Winners: Met Auditions, Southeast Region

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The 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions for the Southeast region were held on Sunday, February 12, at Spivey Hall of Clayton State University in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, judges awarded three first place winners (eliminating second and third place awards) All three will advance to the semi-finals in New York City on March 12 with an opportunity to advance to the grand finals on March 19.

The winners were:
Jacquelyn Stucker, soprano (North Carolina)
Alasdair Kent, tenor (Middle/East Tennessee District)
Alan Higgs, bass-baritone (Georgia District)

In addition, Encouragement Awards were given to Courtney Johnson, Soprano, and Gabriella Sam,  Soprano.

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2017 Winners: Met Opera Auditions-Middle/East Tennessee District

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On Saturday, January 7, twenty-seven singers competed in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Middle/East Tennessee District held in the University of Tennessee’s Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall. The district is one of five comprising the Southeast Region. The judges chose three singers to advance to that next step, the Southeast regional auditions which will be held on Saturday, February 12, at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University in Atlanta, GA.  In addition, three singers received Encouragement Awards.

The advancing winners were mezzo-soprano Reilly Nelson of Cincinnati, Ohio; tenor Brandon Russell, also from Cincinnati, Ohio; and tenor Alasdair Kent of Philadelphia, PA.

Encouragement Awards went to soprano Alexandria Shiner, Knoxvillian and UT School of Music alumnus; soprano Kaitlyn Johnson of Bloomington, IN; and mezzo-soprano Chelsea Duval-Major of Cincinnati, OH.

The judges were:
Mark Gibson, music director of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory Philharmonia Orchestra
Melissa Wegner

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The Most Famous Reindeer of All

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You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen,
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Had a very shiny nose,
And if you ever saw it,
You would even say it glows.
All of the other reindeer
Used to laugh and call him names;
They never let poor Rudolph
Join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say:
“Rudolph, with your nose so bright,
Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

Then how the reindeer loved him,
As they shouted out with glee,
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
You’ll go down in history!”

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Words and Music by Johnny Marks (1949)

A wise parent will embrace the innocence and naiveté of a child, and their awakening cultural interests—no matter how irritating they may be at the time— with full…

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Recital Report: Brahms Chamber Music with Piano Wraps with 7th Recital

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Last Monday evening, UT School of Music faculty pianist Kevin Class wrapped up his impressive marathon-like seven recital series of all of the Brahms chamber music with piano.  The series, which began in January of 2014, stretched over three calendar years. Classclass began with three recitals of the duo sonatas—Cello sonatas with cellist Wesley Baldwin, Clarinet sonatas with Victor Chavez, and Violin Sonatas with Ching-Yi Lin.

The series picked up a year later in February, 2015, with the Trios split over two recitals. On the first  came the Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 40, for Piano, Violin, and Horn (Rachel Loseke, violin, and Gray Ferris, horn), then the Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 (Ruth Bacon, violin, and Wesley Baldwin, cello). On the second recital a month later came the Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87 (Sara Matayoshi, violin, and Andy Bryenton, cello), the Trio for Piano, Clarinet…

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2016 Winners: Met Opera Mid-South Region Auditions

The auditions for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Mid-South Region was held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Germantown Performing Arts Center in Germantown, TN.

The first place winner who advances to the MONC semi-finals in New York next month is baritone Hunter Enoch. Enoch received a prize of $5800. Enoch is a Tennessee native who studied at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where he took his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music.

The second place winner was soprano Jessica Faselt, who was a winner from the Middle/East Tennessee District.

There was a tie for the third place prize:  Emmett O’Hanlon, baritone, and Jacqueline Piccolino, soprano. An Encouragement Award went to Nicolette Book, soprano.

The judges were Brian Speck from the Houston Grand Opera and Melissa Wegner of the MET National Council.

(L to R) Nicolette Book, Jacqueline Piccolino, Emmett O'Hanlon, judges Melissa Wegner and Brian Speck, 2nd place - Jessica Faselt, 1st place - Hunter Enoch (Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Opera National Council - Mid-South Region)

(L to R) Nicolette Book, Jacqueline Piccolino, Emmett O’Hanlon, judges Melissa Wegner and Brian Speck, 2nd place – Jessica Faselt, 1st place – Hunter Enoch
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Singers for the 2016 Met Opera Mid-South Audition

The Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions for the Mid-South Region will take place this Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Germantown Performing Arts Center in Germantown, TN. Starting time is 11 am.  One region winner will advance to the national semi-finals in New York City on March 6th.

There are four districts comprising the Mid-South Region: Arkansas, Kentucky, Middle/East Tennessee, and West Tennessee. This year, there are fourteen singers who made the district competition cut.

Soprano
Sareese Arnold
Nicolette Book
Ashley Dannewitz
Jessica Faselt (Middle/East Tennessee District)
Evan Kardon (Middle/East Tennessee District)
Lauren McQuistin (Middle/East Tennessee District)
Jacqueline Piccolino
Kelly Singer
Mary Catherine Wright

Mezzo soprano
Eleni Taluzek
Nicole Woodward

Tenor 
Todd Barnhill (Middle/East Tennessee District)

Baritone
Hunter Enoch
Emmett O’Hanlon

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