2011 Met National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Forget American Idol. It can't compete with the drama that takes place at the grueling competition known as the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions. This annual event draws thousands of singers, each vying for a cash prize, a role on the Met stage and, if all goes well, a shot at opera's big time. WQXR's special broadcast takes you to the Grand Finals Concert, which took place at the Met in March.

Now in its 58th season, the National Council Auditions start with a pool of nearly 1,500 young singers who compete in auditions throughout North America. That pool was eventually narrowed down to eight singers for the Finals Concert, each of whom would sing two arias each with the Met orchestra, conducted by Patrick Summers. Five prizes of $15,000 each were at stake; the remaining National Finalists receiving $5,000 to further assist in their careers.

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato hosts this afternoon's broadcast, which also includes a special performance from tenor Lawrence Brownlee.

Program Details

Patrick Summers, Conductor
Joyce DiDonato, Host

“Sibilar gli angui d’Aletto” from Handel's Rinaldo
Philippe Sly

“En proie à la tristesse” from Rossini's Le Comte Ory
Deanna Breiwick

“Hai già vinta la causa!” from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro
Joseph Lim

“Come dal ciel precipita” from Verdi's Macbeth
Ryan Speedo Green

“Non disperar” from Handel's Giulio Cesare
Sasha Djihanian

“Il lacerato spirito” from Verdi's Simon Boccanegra
Nicholas Masters

“Io son l’umile ancella” from Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur
Michelle Johnson

“Vi ravviso…Tu non sai” from Bellini's La Sonnambula
Joseph Barron


“O! du mein holder Abendstern” from Wagner's Tannhäuser
Philippe Sly

“Sul fil d’un soffio etesio” from Verdi's Falstaff
Deanna Breiwick

Prince Igor’s Aria from Borodin's Prince Igor
Joseph Lim

“La calunnia è un venticello” from Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Ryan Speedo Green

“Signore, ascolta” from Puccini's Turandot
Sasha Djihanian

Bottom’s Dream from Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Nicholas Masters

“Dove sono” from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro
Michelle Johnson

“Vous qui faites l’endormie” from Gounod's Faust
Joseph Barronguest

“Je crois entendre encore” from Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Lawrence Brownlee

“Ah! mes amis” from Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment
Lawrence Brownlee


Sarah Billinghurst
Metropolitan Opera
Assistant Manager, Artistic

Jonathan Friend
Metropolitan Opera
Artistic Administrator

Jeremy Geffen
Carnegie Hall
Director of Artistic Planning

Gayletha Nichols
Metropolitan Opera
Director, National Council Auditions

Gianna Rolandi
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Director, Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center


Joseph Barron, Deanna Breiwick, Sasha Djihanian, Ryan Speedo Green, Michelle Johnson, Joseph Lim, Nicholas Masters and Philippe Sly

Hosted by:

Joyce DiDonato


Lawrence Brownlee and Patrick Summers

Comments [8]

concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

Thank you everyone involved including the janitors. Bravo, bravo.

May. 21 2011 02:56 PM
Tibor Nagy from Piscataway N.J.

I have never heard any body sing so

beautiful ''lo son l"umile nacelle" as

Michelle Johnson did. How can I get

it on a CD or down load?

May. 21 2011 02:17 PM
Sadie Rucker from New York

I am so enjoying these wonderful young artists.
It wasn't announced but Ryan Speedo Green will be with the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance young artist program this summer. He'll sing the Commendatore in Don Giovanni. Come and see him in performance in July.
Sadie Rucker
Martina Arroyo Foundation

May. 21 2011 02:15 PM
Howard L. Levin from Jersey

Based on the quality of today's finalists,I can only ook to the future of grand opera in the U.S. with the assurance that these young singers will keep it alive and healthy.

May. 21 2011 02:03 PM
Carol Gorman from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

This is such a treat to be listening to. Will we be able to see it on film as we did a year or so ago? Where? When?

May. 21 2011 02:02 PM
concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

How wonderful. An opera fix two days in a row. The orchestra sounded wonderful during the opening aria. Young enthusiastic singers. Thanks.

May. 21 2011 01:18 PM
Mary Lou Cronin from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

Is this broadcast available in Saint John, NB or, perhaps broadcast by PBS Maine?

May. 21 2011 12:49 PM
Heidi Nota-Reid from WHitby, Ontario, Canada

I live in Whitby, Canada and would like to know if this is being shown on TV and on what station and at what time on the 21st. I would love to see it.

May. 20 2011 02:21 PM

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