Metropolitan Opera National Council sponsors national auditions for young opera singers, and to establish a regional auditions program.
Over 100 singers on the Metropolitan Opera’s roster during any given season have auditioned for the National Council. While there are many routes to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, for North American singers the National Council Auditions create an introduction to the company that may have otherwise eluded them.
Many of the world’s foremost singers, among them Ren?e Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Jessye Norman, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, Deborah Voigt and Dolora Zajick have received awards from the National Council.
The primary objective in having the National Council run the auditions was to make it a truly nationwide effort. The pilot operation of the regional auditions took place in Minneapolis in 1954 with great success, and, as a result, more regions were established across the country through the efforts of dedicated volunteers such as Howard Hook, co-founder of the National Council Auditions. Initially basing the regional auditions around the stops on the Met’s annual tour, Hook eventually organized the entire country into sixteen regions each with its own sponsors and volunteers to set up auditions in their area.
The Rocky Mountain Region covers Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado.
Winners of the District auditions advance to their Region Finals where they compete to win a trip to New York to participat