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.
Notable award winners through the decades:
Martina Arroyo (Auditions of the Air)
Loretta Di Franco
Frederica von Stade
Hei Kyung Hong
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Christian Van Horn