On Friday, Nov. 20, aspiring opera singers from across the region came together at the University of North Dakota for a chance to audition for one of the biggest names in the business at the 52nd Annual North Dakota District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the first round of auditions in the Met’s National Council Auditions.
The auditions, held in UND’s Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, drew performers from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Manitoba, in addition to other states and provinces. Each singer who auditioned was between 20-30 years old, and each prepared five arias, of which they performed two in front of three judges. Canadian mezzo-soprano Jillian Bonner from New Brunswick and soprano Jessica Kos-Whisher of Winnipeg, Man., won the competition, earning them both a spot in the Upper Midwest Regional Finals, which will be held in January in St. Paul, Minn.
Ryan King, Grand Forks, and Briana Moynihan, Red Wing, Minn., received Encouragement Awards for their performances. Carlton Moe, Portland, N.D., received the G. Paul and Barb Larson Audience Choice Award.
There are 42 districts in the competition. The winner of the final competition will receive a cash prize in addition to the honor of being a “Met Winner.”
The finalists will compete for the title of champion Sunday, March 13.
Contact: David Dodds University of North Dakota University & Public Affairs 701.777.5529 david.dodds@UND.edu