Ainsley Wray

Years Auditioned: 2017

  • Soprano
  • Age: 30

Ainsley is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto, where she completed her Masters of Music in Voice Performance. At this time, she studied with Nathalie Paulin and Patrick Raftery. She began her studies at the University of Manitoba where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice Performance and a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Voice Performance. During this time she had the privilege of studying with Lois Watson-Lyons and Tracy Dahl. Recent roles include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (AEDO), Pallade/Amore 2 in L'incoronazione di Poppea (COSI), and Lucia in Angela and her Sisters (The University of Manitoba). Ainsley has…

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Amanda Kasem

Years Auditioned: 2017

  • Soprano
  • Age: 27

Amber Gauthier

Years Auditioned: 2017

  • Soprano
  • Age: 30

Andrea Lett

Years Auditioned: 2017

  • Soprano
  • Age: 26

Praised for her "clear voice soaring to stratospheric heights" (Opera Canada, 2015) soprano Andrea Lett is thrilled to be part of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Competition. Miss Lett completed her Masters at the University of Toronto, studying with Mary Morrison. Her warm and versatile tone earned a spot in the Canadian Opera Company Centerstage Competition Gala in November 2016. Previous roles include Pamina and Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Fido (Paul Bunyan), Monica (The Medium), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Cendrillon (Cendrillon), and Frasquita (Carmen).

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Ariana Douglas

Years Auditioned: 2017

  • Soprano
  • Age: 26

Austin Sanders

Years Auditioned: 2016, 2017

  • Baritone
  • Age: 25

Austin Sanders, a native from Onalaska, Wisconsin, is a Baritone in his final semester at Viterbo University as a student of Daniel Johnson-Wilmot. Austin just finished performing Acis and Galatea this October and he starred as the role of Polypheme. He’s also been Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, and Don Annibale in Il campenello di note throughout his time at Viterbo. He placed second at the NATS competition last year, a finalist and an honorable mention at the Schubert Club Audition, and received an encouragement award at the MONC Auditions as well.

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Benjamin Dickerson

Years Auditioned: 2017

  • Baritone
  • Age: 25

Benjamin Sieverding

Years Auditioned: 2016, 2017

  • Bass
  • Age: 30

Bass Benjamin Sieverding, from Sioux Falls, SD, is a four-time district winner and regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. This season he returns to Minnesota Opera as a Resident Artist, performing the roles of Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette, Max Kane in the premiere of Dinner at Eight, and Colline in La Bohème. The previous season included: Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Sarastro and Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, and Sacristan in Tosca. Sieverding makes his Madison Opera debut this season, singing Le duc in Roméo et Juliette. He recently appeared as Peter Quince in A Midsummer…

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Benjamin Taylor

Years Auditioned: 2017

  • Baritone
  • Age: 29

Brian Wallin

Years Auditioned: 2017

  • Tenor
  • Age: 27