If you really love opera, or are just curious about how young singers make it to the stages of opera houses around the world, you might want to set aside some time this Saturday. The Middle/East Tennessee District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council will hold its auditions starting at 11 am in the James R. Cox Auditorium on the UT Campus. The length of the day depends on the number of applicants. There is no audience admission charge.
The Middle/East Tennessee auditions are a joint sponsorship of the Knoxville Opera Guild (the fundraising arm of Knoxville Opera) and the Nashville Opera Guild. The auditions alternate between Nashville and Knoxville each year. Singers are not required to reside in the district in which they apply and compete, but they can compete in only one in a given year.
The path for aspiring singers begins with these district auditions. Winners advance to the regional competition, the Mid-South Region, held in the Memphis area later in the month. The Mid-South region encompasses Tennessee, Arkansas, and Kentucky, and is one of thirteen MONC regions in the U.S. Regional winners go on to the semi-finals and finals in New York City.
Want the chance to hear a possible opera star of tomorrow? -- this is it.