The National Council Auditions for the Metropolitan Opera are well underway across the country–auditions that see hundreds of singers competing in 50 districts comprising 16 regions. Twenty-five regional winners are then brought to New York City. Out of those, 10 semi-finalists are chosen from which five or six finalists are chosen.
The auditions for the Middle/East Tennessee District (part of the Mid-South Region) were held in Knoxville on January 8, 2011, at the University of Tennessee’s James R. Cox Auditorium. From a field of 37 singers, the judges selected five winners. They are (in alphabetical order):
- John Arnold, bass-baritone, from Cumming, GA
- Joseph Beutel, bass, from Bloomington, IN
- Thomas Florio, baritone, fr0m Bloomington, IN
- Lacy Sauter, soprano, from Bloomington, IN
- Amanda Woodbury, soprano, from Crestwood, KY
The three judge panel consisted of Ruth Golden, Dennis Hanthorn, and David Holloway.
The five winners go on to the Mid-South Regional competition that will be held in Memphis, TN, on February 5, 2011. The Mid-South Region consists of the Arkansas, Middle/East Tennessee, North Alabama, West Tennessee/Mississippi and Kentucky Districts.
The Audition, a film directed by documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke and produced by the Met’s Peter Gelb, told the story of the final days of competition of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. My review of that film is here.
Helpful link: Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions