Current Season

The KY District Auditions were be held
1:00 PM Saturday, November 11, 2017
at First Presbyterian Church,
174 North Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507.


Congratulations to (from left to right) Lisa Rogali, Rebecca Farley, Taylor Comstock, and Megan Moore!

Two of the winners, soprano Rebecca Farley and tenor Taylor Comstock, are from the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre program. Rebecca received her bachelor’s degree from UK,  where she was an Alltech Scholar, and studied at the Julliard School, where she was the  recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. Taylor sang the lead role of Alfredo in the UK Opera Theatre’s production of La Traviata in October.

Lisa Rogali, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati College  – Conservatory of Music, was recently a finalist in the 2017 Lotte Lenya Competition.  Megan Moore, who  studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, was an Eastman School of Music Concerto Competition winner.

All four of these very talented artists advance to the Central Region Finals auditions to be held on January 21st in Evanston, IL, where they will compete with winners from the Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio districts for the chance to compete in the Semifinals and Grand Finals at the Metropolitan Opera House in April. Good luck to you all!


Audition judges and Encouragement Award winners (from left to right) Melissa Wegner, Associate Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council; Mary Catherine Wright, recipient of the Gail Robinson Encouragement Award; Margaret Smith, recipient of an Encouragement Award; Johanna Meier, international soprano diva; and Ian Ferrer, Director of Kentucky Opera

Thanks to the artists who participated, including accompanist Nan McSwain and Dr. Tedrin Blair Lindsay, who presented a program during the judges’ deliberations;  the judges; and the organizers and volunteers who made this a wonderful afternoon of beautiful music and excitement.

Watch this space for information on next year’s competition.

All materials including application, required documentation and your check must be received not later than November 1, 2018.
For additional information contact:

Kris Gilbert, District Co-Director
c/o Opera Lex
PO Box 8463
Lexington, KY 40533-8463

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.

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