Opera devotees in the Portland area know to expect a fabulous afternoon of singing in early October, for that is the time of the Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) Auditions in Oregon. Portland State University’s wonderful Lincoln Hall will be the site for this exciting operatic competition once again, on Sunday, October 11, 2015 beginning at 1 pm. Oregon District Director for MONC, Jutta Allen, will be in charge of the day’s schedule so we are assured of a flawless, awesome afternoon! Besides, where else can one listen to thirty or more arias in an intimate recital hall for so little cost?
Tickets, at $18 can be purchased at the door that afternoon, while donors to MONC are welcome at no additional cost. Janet Day will emcee the program in her usual expert manner while Valéry Ryvkin, John Keen, and Vera Calabria, all with years of experience in the world of opera, will handle the challenging role of judging the singers.
Singers selected by the judges advance to the next round of the MONC Competition, to be held at Seattle’s magnificent Benaroya Hall on Sunday, January 10, 2016. There, they will compete against the winners from the Washington, Montana, Idaho, and (all of) Canada Regions. At least one will emerge from that contest to move on to the National Finals, and perhaps Grand Finals, on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York next March.
From each of the last two Oregon Auditions Competitions, the winner of the Northwest Region has moved on to New York: soprano Nicole Haslett, a former Portland Opera Resident Artist, in 2013, and mezzo-soprano Anne Maguire, a Washougal, WA resident, last year. So – you will certainly want to be at PSU on October 11th!
Please keep your eye on the Guild website, www.portlandoperaguild.org for the most up-to-date news about the MONC Competition and other opera news in our area.