The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Upper Midwest Region – will be held Sunday, February 24, 2019, 12:00PM – 4:30PM at the BENSON GREAT HALL at Bethel University. This is a beautiful facility and is used by the Minnesota Youth Symphony, the St. 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 (which are on Saturday Feb 23), and the Upper Midwest Region Auditions in this Concert Hall.
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. (PHOTOS of hall & complex interior showing a very large lobby area)
All audition events are free and open to the public.
Singers who have been selected during the District Auditions held in the Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota-Manitoba, and Wisconsin Districts will compete for cash prizes and the honor to compete in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Final Auditions in New York City – more information to follow
Connie Fullmer, Upper Midwest Region co-director
5267 Nolan Parkway
Oak Park Heights, MN 55082
Home: 952 935 4717
North Dakota-Manitoba District MONC Auditions were on Saturday Oct 20th 2018
2 winners will sing in the Upper Midwest Regional Auditions on Feb 24, 2019 in St. Paul
Elsa Swanson, soprano, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD. She also won in 17-18.
Elena Howard-Scott, soprano, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
Wisconsin District MONC Auditions were on Saturday Nov 3rd 2018
4 winners will sing in the Upper Midwest Regional Auditions on Feb 24, 2019 in St. Paul
Angela De Venuto – soprano
Emily Triebold, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Ward, baritone
Nicole Heinen, soprano
Nebraska District MONC Auditions were on Saturday Dec 1, 2018
The winner will sing in the Upper Midwest Regional Auditions on Feb 24, 2019 in St. Paul
Jose Maldonado – baritone
The 20 Winners from the five Upper Midwest Regional Districts on March 25 2018 as awards were announced: facebook photos
Megan Grey, mezzo-soprano Iowa District Winner will be competing on April 22 in the Met Opera Semi-Finals in NYC Flickr photos
Megan was one of 9 Semi-Finalists who progressed to the Grand Finals Concert on April 29 2018. Though she was not one of the five chosen in the Grand Finals she sang beautifully and was a tremendous representative for our Upper Midwest Region- she will be a Young Artist with Merola Opera Program this summer in San Francisco!
Lauren Decker, contralto Minnesota District Winner will be competing on April 22 in the Met Opera Semi-Finals in NYC Flickr photos
Lauren sang beautifully and we are so proud that she represented the Upper Midwest Region in the Semi-Finals
Jessica Faselt, soprano Minnesota District Winner will be competing on April 22 in the Met Opera Semi-Finals in NYC Flickr photos
(Jessica was a 1st place winner in MN District and competed in the Semi-Finals on Apr. 22nd, was one of nine singers who progressed to the Grand Finals Concert on Apr. 29 2018 and emerged as one of the five winners of the Grand Finals competition- Congratulations Jessica!!! )
Thanks to our great judges and singers this year.