Metropolitan Opera Council Arizona Auditions Scheduled Nov. 3

Metropolitan Opera Council Arizona Auditions Scheduled Nov. 3

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Oct. 10, 2018): Auditions for the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) – Arizona District, Rocky Mountain Region are being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix.


Singers must submit five arias, selecting one to perform when onstage in its original language. Metropolitan Opera-approved judges may select a second aria for the candidate to sing. At the conclusion of the auditions, after selection of winner or winners, judges will give individual, private feedback to the singers. 


Judges for the Arizona District auditions include Richard Bado of the Houston Grand Opera; John Keene of the Seattle Opera and Roger Pines of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 


Dr. Robert Mills, Assistant Clinical Professor of Music at Arizona State University and vocal coach and accompanist for Arizona State University Lyric Opera, is the audition’s accompanist.


Attendance to the auditions are free and open to the public. For more information and to register to audition, visit


Arizona District winners will advance to the Rocky Mountain Region Finals on February 24, 2019 in Denver. Regional winners will complete in the semi-finals on March 24 at the Metropolitan Opera, where the final competition also will take place a week later


The 42 districts in United States, Canada and Puerto Rico are divided into 12 Regions. The Arizona District is in the Rocky Mountain Region.  


The judges, who donate their time, are professionals from the opera field and include singers, directors, music professionals, vocal coaches and conductors, among others, who provide valuable feedback to young singers striving to make a career in opera.  


The Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC)-Arizona District is an organization devoted to encouraging young opera singers to develop their talent and to audition. Auditions offer an opportunity for talent recognition, individual advancement, and career advisement at the same time they allow the Metropolitan Opera National Council to search for the best young vocal talent.




Col. Kimberley Smith (Retired), District Director, 480-510-3517, [email protected]




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