Kelly Singer, Adult Choir Section Leader and Praeclara Soprano, won first place in the Arkansas District in the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions on January 16, 2016. The annual competition, established by the Metropolitan Opera in 1954 as a means to discover and promote emerging opera singers, draws top vocal talent from all over the country to compete for a chance to sing on The Met’s stage in New York City. Ms. Singer competed against 25 other vocalists, most of whom traveled to the audition from states other than Arkansas—including New York, California, Texas, Ohio, and Maryland.
Ms. Singer will advance to the Mid-South Region Finals to be held at the Germantown Performing Arts Center in Germantown, TN on February 6. There she will compete with at least eleven other district winners and runners-up for a chance to move on to the semifinals in New York City. She will take with her to Tennessee a varied repertoire of pieces in five different languages – English, Italian, German, Latin, French, and Czech – making this a wonderful opportunity not only to compete for national recognition, but to display her talents to and connect with opera professionals from across the nation. We wish her the best of luck as she travels to Tennessee for the next round of competitions!
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