Young, aspiring opera singers will be performing in Columbia January 26 before three judges from the Metropolitan Opera Company of New York.

The auditions are held around the country annually in an effort to discover new talent and potential opera stars of the future. Many of today’s divas and opera singers began their careers with the Auditions such as Deborah Voight, Renee Flemming, Thomas Hamson, Frederika van Stade, and many, many more.

The Metropolitan Opera Auditions are free and open to the public. They will be held at the Wright-Spears Center for the Arts at Columbia College in Columbia at 10 am January 26.

If you enjoy opera or would be interested in experiencing what opera really is, this is your chance to hear amazing young voices perform opera’s greatest hits. The judges will choose which singers will go on to perform at the Regional Auditions in Atlanta.

Each winning singer will be awarded $1,200. The winner in Atlanta will receive around $7,000 in award money and then go to New York for intensive training at the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York before the semi-final concert and the Grand National Finals. The Grand National Finals are held in the Metropolitan Opera House in New York in April. before a sold-out house with the full Metropolitan Opera orchestra accompanying the singers. Each Grand National winner is awarded $15,000 and the chance of a career as an opera singer.

On January 25, the South Carolina District of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions hosts its supporters at Opera and Old Lace– a wine buffet dinner at the Lace House in the Governor’s Mansion Complex on Richland Street in Columbia. Guests enjoy food and wine, and the chance to meet the judges. All proceeds from Opera and Old Lace are used to support the South Carolina Auditions. Reservations can be made by calling Bettie or Van Edwards at 803-787-0287 or by email at [email protected] Cost is $75 per person or $125 per couple.

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