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 and info courtesy of Metropolitan Opera National Council – Mid-South Region)
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.
Jessica Faselt (Middle/East Tennessee District)
Evan Kardon (Middle/East Tennessee District)
Lauren McQuistin (Middle/East Tennessee District)
Mary Catherine Wright
Todd Barnhill (Middle/East Tennessee District)