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About the Competition

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The auditions are held annually in fifteen Regions of the United States and Canada. There are forty-five Districts within these Regions, each providing an opportunity for talented singers to enter the Auditions Program at the local level.

The Auditions are administered by National Council members and volunteers in each region. The activities, cash awards, and expenses for judges are all provided by private donation from donors within the district.

Winners of the District auditions advance to their Regional Finals where they compete to win a trip to New York to participate in the National Semi-Finals, a competition held on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. Approximately ten of the Semi-Finalists are selected as National Finalists and compete the following Sunday in a public concert, the Grand Finals Concert, accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

The jury awards approximately five Grand winners $15,000 each. The concert is broadcast nationwide on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Network. The remaining National Finalists receive $5,000 each. The singers who were national Semi-Finalists but did not advance to the National Finals, will be given $1,500 to further their studies. In addition, the auditions search for new talent for the Metropolitan's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.