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Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition – Minnesota District

March 19, 2022 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition – Minnesota District – will be held March 19, 2022 at 10:00 CT.  Please join us!

Minnesota District

  • Audition Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022
  • Audition Venue: Benson Great Hall at Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Drive, Saint Paul, MN
  • District Contact: Connie Fullmer, CONNIE@METAUDITIONSMN.ORG


The Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition – Minnesota District – will be held from 10:00am to 4:00pm  Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the BENSON GREAT HALL at Bethel University. This is a beautiful facility and is used by the Minnesota Youth Symphony, theSt. Paul Chamber Orchestra and others.  Benson Great Hall, seating 1,728, annually hosts several professional orchestras and choirs, youth conferences, graduation ceremonies, and corporate meetings.We will be holding both the Minnesota District Auditions, and the UPPER MIDWEST REGION AUDITIONS (which will take place the next day Sunday, March 20, 2022) in this Concert Hall.  (PHOTOS of hall & complex interior showing a very large lobby area)

Parking at Benson Great Hall is FREE and conveniently located just across the drive from the Hall.  There is also a round-about which will allow you to drop off passengers and then proceed to the parking lot.

All audition events are free and open to the public.

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Minnesota District


Connie Fullmer, District Director

5267 Nolan Parkway

Oak Park Heights, MN 55082

Home: 952 935 4717

Email:  info@metauditionsmn.org


Judges and pianist on March 19, 2022



Singers who will be competing on Saturday February 20, 2021 in Minnesota District


PHOTOS and biographical information of the 33 Minnesota District 2020 MONC Audition singers (with links to Flickr album)

Five singers won the the last live Minnesota District Auditions on Jan 18, 2020 and competed at the Upper Midwest Regional Auditions on Jan 19, 2020

Erika Baikoff, Soprano  First Place Award at Upper Midwest MONC Regionals

Lindsay Kate Brown, Mezzo-Soprano  First Place Award at Upper Midwest MONC Regionals

Tim Murray, Baritone   Encouragement Award at Upper Midwest MONC Regionals

Amber Monroe, Soprano

Teresa Perrotta, Soprano

An additional two singers were given Encouragement Awards on Jan 18, 2020

Lauren Pearl Eberwein, Soprano

Maria Vasilevskaya, Mezzo-Soprano


Our 5 Minnesota District Winners were joined by our 2 Encouragement Prize winners:
upper left in back row- Maria Vasilevskaya, mezzo-soprano
upper right in back row- Lauren Pearl Eberwein, soprano

In the front row our 3 judges today:
Emily Pulley, Howard Watkins, and Robin Guarino

(bios of our judges and our great Collaborative Pianist Lara Bolton are contained in the pdf of the MN District MONC Auditions)



March 19, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm