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New York, NY (March 21, 2023)—The 20 opera singers who’ve received regional auditions throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico will compete within the semifinal spherical of the Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competitors on Monday, April 17, starting at 10AM ET. The semifinal competitors, held on the Met stage earlier than a panel of judges and obtainable for public viewing through livestream, will decide the finalists who will advance to the Grand Finals Live performance on Sunday, April 23, at 3PM ET. The pianists for the semifinal spherical are Lachlan Glen and Bénédicte Jourdois, each alumni of the Met’s Lindemann Younger Artist Growth Program.
The semifinalists, ranging in age from 23 to 30, arrive on the Met on Saturday, April 15, to rehearse for the semifinals competitors on April 17. The finalists who advance to the Grand Finals could have per week of coaching with Met musical and dramatic coaches. On the Grand Finals Live performance on April 23, every finalist will sing two arias on the Met stage, with conductor Michele Gamba main the Met Orchestra. The night may even embody a particular efficiency from host and 2000 Grand Finals winner soprano Latonia Moore. Following the efficiency, the winners might be introduced, every of whom will obtain a money prize of $20,000 and career-making publicity. Outcomes might be posted on Fb and Instagram.
The Laffont Grand Finals Live performance might be open to the general public and broadcast stay on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM channel 355 and streamed stay on the Met’s web site. Tickets for the live performance are on sale now and could also be bought on the Met field workplace, by cellphone at 212.362.6000, or on-line at metopera.org.
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The Laffont Competitors is open to singers from the US, Canada. and Mexico, in addition to different worldwide entrants coaching or residing in these international locations. This season, the competitors had greater than 1,200 candidates, with greater than 800 singers qualifying to take part in 36 districts. The semifinalists had been drawn from 137 singers within the regional rounds. These auditions are sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competitors, together with the Laffont Competitors donors, and tons of of volunteers from throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. Greater than $300,000 in prize cash has already been awarded within the district and regional rounds.
The 2023 Semifinalists
|Yihan Duan||Soprano||Midwest||Anhui, China|
|Midori Marsh||Soprano||Higher Midwest||Cleveland, OH|
|Teresa Perrotta||Soprano||Nice Lakes||Orlando, FL|
|Meredith Wohlgemuth||Soprano||Jap||Winter Haven, FL|
|Lucila Zavala||Soprano||Gulf Coast||Toa Baja, Puerto Rico|
|Simona Genga||Mezzo-Soprano||Nice Lakes||Toronto, Canada|
|Natalie Lewis||Mezzo-Soprano||Jap||Severna Park, MD|
|Sarah Saturnino||Mezzo-Soprano||Western||Grass Valley, CA|
|Hannah Shea||Mezzo-Soprano||Rocky Mountain||Harrisburg, PA|
|Camille Sherman||Mezzo-Soprano||Northwest||Petaluma, CA|
|Chuanyuan Liu||Countertenor||Jap||Changchun, China|
|Yuntong Han||Tenor||Central||Shenyang, China|
|Anthony León||Tenor||Western||Riverside, CA|
|Sahel Salam||Tenor||Central||Houston, TX|
|Joseph Tancredi||Tenor||Gulf Coast||Bayville, NY|
|Eleomar Cuello||Baritone||Southeast||Havana, Cuba|
|Hyungjin Son||Baritone||New England||Seoul, South Korea|
|David Wolfe||Baritone||Higher Midwest||Shamokin, PA|
|Vartan Gabrielian||Bass-Baritone||Northwest||Toronto, Canada|
|Christian Simmons||Bass-Baritone||Rocky Mountain||Washington, D.C.|
Concerning the Competitors
The Eric and Dominique Laffont Competitors, previously identified since its founding in 1954 because the Metropolitan Opera Nationwide Council Auditions, is now in its 69th season. The Met’s vocal competitors is a career-making alternative for aspiring opera singers, given the attain of the auditions, the variety of candidates, and this system’s lengthy custom. The Auditions have been essential in introducing lots of at this time’s best-known opera stars, together with Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Eric Owens, Stephanie Blythe, Hei-Kyung Hong, Sondra Radvanovsky, Lawrence Brownlee, Michael Fabiano, Latonia Moore, Lisette Oropesa, Jamie Barton, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Ryan Speedo Inexperienced, and Nadine Sierra.
The competitors gained worldwide acclaim with the discharge of the 2008 feature-length documentary The Audition, directed by award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke, which chronicled the 2007 Nationwide Council Auditions season and Grand Finals Live performance.