LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2020) — Two University of Kentucky Opera Theatre alumni vocalists, Kendra Beasley and William Clay Thompson, were amid the 4 winners of the Kentucky District Auditions of the Metropolitan (Fulfilled) Opera Countrywide Council Auditions held almost Nov. 8.
Beasley, a mezzo-soprano from Madison, Ga, who attained her master’s degree in May well from British isles, and Thompson, a bass from Lexington, are nonetheless in the jogging to sing on the Metropolitan Opera phase. Their next audition will be the Central Area competitors March 21. Just about every winner obtained a $1,000 funds prize. Signing up for the United kingdom alumni will be fellow district winners Hayley Maloney, a soprano from Clifford, Pennsylvania, and Ethan Vincent a baritone from Kansas Town, Missouri. This will be the next time Thompson has highly developed to the regional levels of competition, immediately after his first district earn in 2013. Traditionally, only 1 singer from each and every regional round will advance to the nationwide semifinals.
5 encouragement awards have been also announced at the district competition, which include two awarded to United kingdom Opera Theatre pupils. Michael Pandolfo, a baritone from Fort Worthy of, Texas, who gained his bachelor’s diploma from British isles in 2018, received the Myra Tobin Encouragement award. Present British isles doctoral scholar Wagner Pástor, a tenor from Quito, Ecuador, obtained the Sylvia Davis Encouragement award. Just about every encouragement award winner was also offered with a $250 money prize.
The really acclaimed United kingdom Opera Theatre method is aspect of the College of New music at the British isles College of Fine Arts. For a lot more data on the program, visit on the web at http://finearts.uky.edu/audio/ukot.
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions program gives a location for younger opera singers from all over the U.S. to be heard by a consultant of the Achieved. Applicants get ready 4 arias for the level of competition. Immediately after remaining invited into the virtual audition area, singers typically start with their preference from their 4 arias. The judges then selected a second for the singer to execute. Just after finishing the audition, candidates are offered the prospect to meet with the judges to obtain opinions and assistance.
The 2020 Countrywide Council Auditions took place almost in 30 districts, every single with the ability to host 20 singers, all of whom had succeeded all through an original on the net qualifying audition. Nineteen singers competed in the Kentucky District Auditions. Winners at the regional amount advance to the Countrywide Council Auditions Semi-Finals in New York in the spring.