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.

Eric Owens photoEric Owens, 1996
nugget_blythe.jpgStephanie Blythe, 1994  
nugget_fleming.jpgRenée Fleming, 1988    
nugget_graham.jpgSusan Graham, 1988  
nugget_heppner.jpgBen Heppner, 1988  
nugget_voigt.jpgDeborah Voigt, 1985
nugget_hampson.jpgThomas Hampson, 1981
nugget_vonstade.jpgFrederica 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
Jamie Barton
Lawrence Brownlee
Nicole Cabell
Sarah Coburn
Michael Fabiano
Kate Lindsey
Angela Meade
Simon O’Neill
Lisette Oropesa
Marjorie Owens
Susanna Phillips