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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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2015 Met Opera Mid-South Region Finals on Saturday

Update: Winners

A field of 12 singers emerged from the district competitions in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions for the Mid-South Region–4 sopranos, 1 mezzo-soprano, 1 countertenor, 3 tenors, 1 baritone,   1 bass-baritone, and 1 bass. The regional competition is being held  Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Memorial Hall, University of Kentucky, in Lexington, KY.  The district winners competing in the regionals are:

Arkansas District
Ray Chenez, countertenor
Cody Luan, tenor
Huanhuan Ma, soprano

Kentucky District
Rebecca Farley, soprano
Christopher Kenny, baritone
Matthew Turner, bass

Middle/E. Tennessee District
Todd Barnhill, tenor
Stephen Martin, tenor
Amanda Palmeiro, mezzo-Soprano

West Tennesee District
Laetitia Grimaldi, soprano
Josh Quinn, bass-baritone
Amanda Walden, soprano

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2014 Mid-South Met Opera Audition Winners

The results are in from the 2014 Mid-South regional of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Tenor Dane Suarez, from the West Tennessee District, won the First Prize and advances to the National Semi-Finals in New York City. He also pockets a $4500 prize.

The 2nd place winner was soprano Kerriann Otaño; 3rd place went to Knoxville’s Linda Barnett, soprano. An Encouragement Award went to tenor Stephen Martin who competed in the Middle/East Tennessee District.

L to R: Kerriann Otaño, Dane Suarez, Linda Barnett Photo courtesy of Mark Ensley

L to R: Kerriann Otaño, Dane Suarez, Linda Barnett
Photo courtesy of Mark Ensley

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Winners: 2013 Mid-South Region Met Opera Auditions

The winners of the 2013 Mid-South Region of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions are:

1st place:  Edward Nelson, baritone
2nd place: Rebecca Farley, soprano
3rd place:  Mabs Seay, mezzo soprano
Encouragement Award:  Philip Andrew Himebook

Nelson, originally from Saugus, CA, advances to the Semi-Final competition in New York City.

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Field Set for 2013 Mid-South Met Opera Auditions

Update: Winners Announced on January 26, 2013

With the final district competitions complete, the field of singers for the 2013 Mid-South regional Metropolitan Opera auditions is now set. The competition is Saturday, January 26, 2013, in Memphis, TN, at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre.

The district winners competing are:

Kentucky District

Rebecca Farley, soprano, Henderson, KY
Thomas Gunther, baritone, Muscatine, Iowa
Edward Nelson, baritone, Saugus, CA

Middle/East Tennessee District

Linda Brimer, soprano, Knoxville, TN

Mabs Seay, mezzo-soprano,  Northport, AL
Leah Kaye Serr, mezzo-soprano, from Shippensburg, PA

West Tennessee District

Ray Chenez, counter-tenor, Lockport, NY
Samantha Guevrekian, soprano, Long Beach, NY
Rachelle Pike, mezzo-soprano, Christchurch, New Zealand
Philip Andrew Himebook, tenor, Memphis, TN

Arkansas District

Kristen Lassiter, soprano, Dallas, TX
Maria Fasciano-di Carlo, soprano, Niagara Falls, NY
Claire Shackleton, mezzo-soprano, New Orleans, LA

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2013 Winners: Middle/East TN District Met Opera Auditions

The 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions for the Middle/East Tennessee district were held on Saturday, January 5, in the James R. Cox Auditorium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The three winners who advance to the Mid-South Region competition in Memphis on January 26th are:

Linda Brimer, soprano, 27, from Knoxville, TN
Mabs Seay, mezzo-soprano, 30, from Northport, AL
Leah Kaye Serr, mezzo-soprano, 28, from Shippensburg, PA

Left to Right, Phyllis Driver (district co-director), Linda Brimer, Leah Kaye Serr, Mabs Seay, Shelley Page (district co-director)

Left to Right, Phyllis Driver (district co-director), Linda Brimer, Leah Kaye Serr, Mabs Seay, Shelley Page (district co-director)

Encouragement awards were given to:

Eliza Bonet, mezzo-soprano, 25, from Stone Mountain, GA
José Rubio, baritone, 29, from Vancouver, WA
Julianne Grace Park, soprano, 26, from Bloomington, IN
Timothy J. Bruno, lyric bass, 25, from Toledo, OH

The judges for this district competition were Delores Ziegler, Anthony Laciura, and Frederick Burchinal.

[Updated on January 7, 2013, to include photograph]

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2012 Metropolitan Opera Auditions Grand Final Winners

Here are the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finalists:

  • Janai Brugger, soprano
  • Anthony Clark Evans, baritone
  • Matthew Grills, tenor
  • Margaret Mezzacappa, mezzo-soprano
  • Andrey Nemzer, countertenor

left to right- 2012 National Council Audition Winners Andrey Nemzer, Margaret Mezzacappa, Janai Brugger, Matthew Grills, and Anthony Clark Evans. Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

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