Support the National Council

The Metropolitan Opera National Council was founded in 1952 by Mrs. August Belmont to increase national interest in and support for the Metropolitan Opera.

The contributions of the National Council membership provide direct support for the Met and the National Council Auditions program.

Joining the National Council is a way to become more involved with the Met and affords benefits this season such as:

  1. Online access to National Council presentation videos with MONC Alumni and current participants, audio recordings of select Met content, and more
  2. Discounts at the Met Opera Shop including its online store, and Met Opera On Demand 
  3. A subscription to OPERA NEWS magazine
  4. Regular updates on this season's competition and its competitors

For more information about National Council membership and benefits, please email ncouncil@metopera.org 

The National Council Districts and Regions are administered by volunteers and National Council members across the country. Each District and Region raises money locally for holding their auditions and for award money for their singers.

Join the National Council

Contributions from National Council members provide direct support for the Met and the National Council Auditions program. Members will have virtual access to the regional auditions, discounts at the Met Opera Shop, Met Opera On Demand and online store, a subscription to Opera News magazine, and robust in-house benefits during the opera season.

Awards

This season, MONC will be awarding $1,000 to District Winners and $3,200 to Region Winners. At the National level, Semifinalists receive $2,500, Finalists receive $10,000, and Grand Finals Winners are awarded $20,000. Contributions to the Awards fund in amounts of $500 or greater will be listed in the corresponding program and announced over the livestream to which the donation was routed.

To underwrite an entire prize, please contact us directly at ncouncil@metopera.org for more information.

Education Fund

Education Fund grants are available to contestants of the National Council Auditions who reach the Semifinal round or further and demonstrate improved skills in a follow-up audition for the Met Artistic staff. Your gift directly supports the development of these singers.

GIFTS OF $250 AND ABOVE will be listed in concert programs for the duration of the 2020-2021 season, including the National Semifinals and Grand Finals.

General Support

This season, the National Council Auditions program produces over 40 audition days, hosts approximately 25 Semifinalists in New York City for one weekend, and approximately 10 Finalists for one additional week to coach and rehearse for the Grand Finals Concert. Your gifts ensure the perpetuity of this important opportunity for young singers.

GIFTS OF $250 AND ABOVE will be listed in concert programs for the duration of the 2020-2021 season, including the National Semifinals and Grand Finals.