Winners and History

2018-2019 District Winners



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, 1996
Stephanie Blythe, 1994   
Renée Fleming, 1988     
Susan Graham, 1988   
Ben Heppner, 1988   
Deborah Voigt, 1985
Thomas Hampson, 1981 
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
Jamie Barton
Lawrence Brownlee 
Nicole Cabell 
Sarah Coburn 
Michael Fabiano
Kate Lindsey 
Angela Meade 
Simon O’Neill 
Lisette Oropesa
Marjorie Owens 
Susanna Phillips