The Metropolitan Opera National Council Kentucky District is part of the Central Region for the 2019-2020 season.

Kentucky District Auditions were held
11:00 AM, Saturday, November 16, 2019
at Singletary Center for the Arts.

Winners announced!

  • Kendra Faith Beasley, mezzo soprano, Gail Robinson Encouragement Award $500
  • Ron Dukes, bass, Sylvia Davis Encouragement Award $500
  • Son Jin Kim, bass, Encouragement Award $500
  • Joel Allison, bass-baritone, District winner $1500
  • Hayden Smith, baritone, District winner $1500

From left-right: Jane Bunnell, Joel Allison, Son Jin Kim
Ron Dukes, Hayden Smith, Kendra Faith Beasley, Dona D. Vaughn, Matthew Horner.

Matthew Horner, Director of the vocal division of
IMG Artists in NYC
Dona Vaughn, Artistic Director of opera programs at
Manhattan School of Music
Jane Bunnell, mezzo soprano, member of voice faculty at
Michigan State
Nan McSwain was the official accompanist.

For additional information, contact
Catherine Clarke Nardolillo, District Director.         



The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are a nation-wide vocal competition. In this season of auditions there are 42 District auditions sites and 13 Regional auditions sites throughout the continental United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Over 1,500 singers between the ages of 20 and 30 participate in the District audition of his or her choice. Winners at the District level advance to compete in their Region Finals.

The fabled stage of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York is the desired destination for all young singers participating  in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  Winning the Kentucky District competition – and being rewarded a ticket to the Central Regional Finals – is the first hurdle to overcome in this career steeplechase.

Since the beginning of the new millennium, Lexington serves as the Kentucky starting point for the thrilling annual ritual to discover  the most promising new opera talent in North America. The Kentucky District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, sponsored by the OperaLex are open to eligible singers from all over the country and Canada.

We invite you to make your not so impossible dream a reality with an impressive appearance at the Kentucky District Auditions. You can trust the experience of our judges and be assured that you are welcomed with open arms.

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From Lexington to Lincoln Center