National Council Auditions


Following the creation of the Met's National Council in the 1952-53 season, the first Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions took place in 1954 in the Twin Cities. For over 60 years, the annual competition has helped launch the careers of countless young singers, including some of opera's greatest stars. Every season, over 100 former participants in the National Council Auditions appear on the Met roster.

A list of notable alumni from each decade appears below. A complete overview of all winners by year can be found here.

Eric Owens photo

Eric Owens, 1996

nugget_blythe.jpg Stephanie Blythe, 1994
nugget_fleming.jpg Renée Fleming, 1988
nugget_graham.jpg  Susan Graham, 1988
nugget_heppner.jpg Ben Heppner, 1988
nugget_racette.jpg  Patricia Racette, 1988
nugget_voigt.jpg  Deborah Voigt, 1985
nugget_hampson.jpg Thomas Hampson, 1981
nugget_vonstade.jpg Frederica von Stade, 1969

Martina Arroyo
Grace Bumbry
Teresa Stratas
Robert Hale
Jessye Norman
Gail Robinson
George Shirley
Frederica von Stade
Benita Valente
Shirley Verrett
June Anderson
Kathleen Battle
Vinson Cole
Eric Halfvarson
Ashley Putnam
Samuel Ramey
Cheryl Studer
Carol Vaness
Christine Weidinger
Delores Ziegler
Christine Brewer
Renée Fleming
Susan Graham
Denyce Graves
Thomas Hampson
Ben Heppner
Hei Kyung Hong
Sylvia McNair
Patricia Racette
Ruth Ann Swenson
Deborah Voigt
Brian Asawa
Isabel Bayrakdarian
Stephanie Blythe
Eric Cutler
Michelle DeYoung
Elizabeth Futral
Jill Grove
Paul Groves
Nathan Gunn
Olga Makarina
Eric Owens
Sondra Radvanovsky
Meredith Arwady
Jennifer Black
Lawrence Brownlee
Nicole Cabell
Sarah Coburn
Kate Lindsey
Michael Maniaci
Angela Meade
Simon O’Neill
Marjorie Owens
Susanna Phillips
Charles Edwin Taylor