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2019-20 Utah District Auditions
November 9, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall - University of Utah Campus - Salt Lake City, Utah

​American bass opera signer Morris Robinson
Houston Grand Opera Studio Music Director /Rice University Director of Opera Studies Michael Heaston
Portland Opera Director of Artistic Operations Clare Burovac

Official Accompanist: Carol Anderson, Principal Coach for Utah Opera and Coach for The Santa Fe Opera

​Sunday, January 26, 2020 | 1:30 PM
Gates Hall, Newman Center
University of Denver

February 24, 2020
The Metropolitan Opera Stage at Lincoln Center

March 1, 2020
The Metropolitan Opera Stage at Lincoln Center

The National Council Auditions Semi-Finals and Grand Finals Concert take place at The Metropolitan Opera House during the spring season. At that time, the first place winners of the thirteen Regions are brought to New York for musical preparation under the guidance of The Metropolitan Opera’s Music Staff. They then audition with piano on The Metropolitan Opera stage before members of The Met Artistic Staff at the National Semi-Finals. Those not selected as National Finalists will receive a cash award of $1,500. All National Finalists will remain in residence at The Met for another week and continue to coach with The Met’s Music Staff in preparation for the Grand Finals Concert with The MET Orchestra. During this final audition they will compete before a public audience and a distinguished panel of judges for awards in the amount of $15,000. Finalists not chosen as Winners will receive $5,000. All travel and housing for participants at the national level is paid for and arranged by The Metropolitan Opera National Council. 
Utah District applications should be submitted by October 31, 2019.

Questions may be directed to Julie McBeth 
phone: 801-910-2457 or e-mail: [email protected]
FAQ for Utah District Auditioners

Q. When are the auditions?
A. The 2019-20 Utah District auditions will be Saturday, November 9, 2019. In previous years there have been preliminary and final rounds for the auditions, this year there will be only one round of auditions. District winners will be announced at the end of the audition day. 

Q. Is there a deadline for applications?
A. Yes. 2019-20 Utah District applications should be completed online  by October 31, 2010.  Please note we're only able to accept the first 50 applications we receive.

Q. How do I get to Libby Gardner Concert Hall at the University of Utah?
A. It is located in the music building (David P. Gardner Hall) on the University of Utah Campus at 1375 Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Q. I have friends and family that would like to see the auditions, do I need tickets?
A. No tickets are required. The Utah District Auditions remain FREE and open to the public.

Q. What time do I need to be at the auditions and where do I go?
A. You will receive an e-mail from the auditions coordinator with all the pertinent information approximately 1 week before the auditions.

Q. What do I wear for the District Auditions?
A. It is suggested that all contestants dress as if they were singing an audition for an opera company. (Examples would be: suits and ties or sport coats and ties for the men and dresses or pants suits for the women.)

Q. Will there be a place to warm up?
A. Yes. We will have dedicated warm-up rooms. Space is limited, please allow yourself plenty of time.

Q. Can I bring my own accompanist?
A. Yes, however, the District provides an excellent accompanist at no cost to the singer. You must let us know if you plan on bringing your own.

Q. Can I change my arias from my original list?
A. Yes, you may change your arias right up to the day of the auditions. The auditions coordinator will be in contact with you approximately one week before the auditions for your latest aria list in order to provide the most current information possible for our programs.

Q. When will the results be announced?
A. The judges will deliberate immediately following the last singer. District Winners will be announced directly following the district final auditions.

Q. Will I have an opportunity to speak with the judges about my performance?
A. Yes. After the results are announced, you will have one of the most valuable benefits of the auditions; 
a chance to speak with each judge one on one.

Q. How many singers advance to the Regional Auditions?
A. There is no preset number of winners. The judges will select as many or as few contestants as they deem 
qualified to compete at the regional level.

Q. If I advance, what is the date and where are the Regional Auditions?
A. The Rocky Mountain Regional Auditions take place on January 26, 2020 at the Newman Center in Denver, Colorado.

Q. How do I receive information about the auditions?
A. Contact Julie McBeth at (801) 910-2457 or email: [email protected]

Q. How do I receive information about other events sponsored by the Utah District MONC?
A. Contact Julie McBeth at (801) 910-2457 or email:[email protected]

Please be sure to carefully read the METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS 2019-20 GOVERNING REGULATIONS (part of the application).
Access nationwide application using link above.
District: Utah
Region: Rocky Mountain

​Then, submit $30 application fee via check out below. 
Enter name on application