Met Opera Radio National Council Grand Finals Concert

(Rochester, NY) – The 62nd Met Opera Radio National Council Grand Finals Concert, hosted by soprano Angela Meade, who was also the guest artist, was recorded last March. It airs on Classical 91.5 on Saturday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m. on Classical 91.5. The Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions draw thousands of singers every year, each vying for a cash prize, a role on the Met stage and, if all goes well, a shot at big time opera. The Auditions started with a pool of nearly 1,500 young singers who competed in auditions throughout North America. The 2015 finalists are: Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone; Jared Bybee, baritone; Marina Costa-Jackson, soprano; Allegra De Vita, mezzo-soprano; Joseph Dennis, tenor; Kathryn Henry, soprano; Reginald Smith, Jr., baritone; Deniz Uzun, mezzo-soprano; and Virginie Verrez, mezzo-soprano. 

Pictured (L-R):  Reginald Smith, Jr., Virginie Verrez,  Joseph Dennis, Marina Costa-Jackson, and Nicholas Brownlee
Credit: Marty Sohl, Metropolitan Opera 


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