Musical Instrument Museum hosts auditions for Metropolitan Opera Council

Auditions for the Metropolitan Opera National Council- Arizona District will be held this weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix.

Singers must submit five arias, selecting one to perform when onstage.

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 are Portland Opera Director of Operations Clare Burovac, renowned soprano Carol Kirkpatrick, internationally acclaimed pianist and master vocal coach Armen Guzelimian and Dr. Robert Mills, assistant clinical professor of music at Arizona State University and vocal accompanist for ASU Lyric Opera.
Auditions are free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit

Arizona District winners compete next at the Western Region finals in Los Angeles with winners from San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Regional winners move on to the Metropolitan Opera finals in New York in the spring.

The 42 districts in United States, Canada and Puerto Rico are divided into 12 regions. The Arizona District is in the Western 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-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.

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