30 March 2014

Five Singers Named as Final-Round Winners in the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Five singers were named today as the winners of the final round of the Metropolitan Opera's 2014 National Council Auditions, with each winner receiving a $15,000 cash prize as well as the exposure of having prevailed in the nation's most prestigious vocal competition.

The competition's final round saw nine singers performing two arias each on the Met stage, accompanied by the Met Orchestra under the baton of maestro Marco Armiliato. Those nine artists had been winnowed down the from the nearly 1,500 singers between the ages of 20 and 30 who entered the competition. Entrants in the Met's National Council Auditions represent 40 districts and 13 regions throughout the United States and Canada.

The winners are: soprano Julie Adams, 26, from Burbank, California; bass Patrick Guetti, 26, from Highland Park, New Jersey; Ao Li, 26, a bass-baritone from Dezhou, China, currently residing in San Francisco; tenor Yi Li, 29, from Jinan, China, currently living in Silver Spring, Maryland; and soprano Amanda Woodbury, 26, from Crestwood, Kentucky. 

The Grand Finals concert, which was recorded and will be broadcast at a later date by public radio stations across the country, was hosted by tenor Lawrence Brownlee, himself a former National Council Auditions winner who later this month will appear in the company's revival of I Puritani. Soprano Susanna Phillips, who won the Met National Council Auditions in 2005, sang "Dove sono" while the competition judges deliberated. 

On April 1, at 7 p.m. the winners of this year's competition will perform in a concert at WQXR's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Joined by soprano Deborah Voigt, the concert will be broadcast live on WQXR, New York City's all-classical radio station, and a live webcast will be viewable on both www.wqxr.org and www.thegreenspace.org.  

More than 130 singers currently on the Met's roster — including Stephanie Blythe, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson and Deborah Voigt — have participated in the Met's National Council Auditions, which are currently in their sixty-first season. spacer

More information can be found at The Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

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