to Nov 8

District Auditions 2018

Space is limited for the Districts at Baruch College, so to give as many people a chance to come hear some amazing singing, we have split the day in two (10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm approximately). If you have any questions about how to day is arranged, email us at

Next week a schedule will be posted on our website with the names of who will be auditioning and when in case you wish to support someone in particular. 

If you attended the Launch Event on September 20th, please email us at and let us know if you wish to attend the District Auditions.

Singers who are auditioning will be contacted and will be able to reserve 2 comp tickets for the time slot they are auditioning in.

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6:30 PM18:30

6th Annual Launch Event

Join us at our 6th Annual Launch Event and help us kick of the 2018-2019 season with a bang. The National Council is a non-profit run by volunteers, so all the money fundraised tonight will be used to hold top-notch auditions and award valuable prize money to young singers in the upcoming season. We do not receive financial support from the MetOpera, so holding events like this is the only way for us to keep holding these wonderful auditions.

Tickets are $150 per person, but please consider making an additional donation. If you are attending any of our other events, consider signing up for one of the different donation levels which include access to our other events. 

All donations are tax deductible up to the amount allowed by law; MONC NYC is a registered 501(c)3.

The evening will be hosted by Ryan Speedo Green and special guests include Julia Bruskin, cellist in the MetOpera Orchestra and previous National Council winners. Special guests are subject to change due to rehearsal schedules at the MetOpera, so keep an eye on our website and social media pages to find out who will be joining us this year. 

Leslie and Harmar Brereton are hosting this fabulous evening for the sixth time. You can look forward to the following:

6.30PM: Cocktails

7PM: Concert

8.15PM: Buffet Dinner with the singers

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to welcoming you all on September 20th.

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3:00 PM15:00

Region Finals Concert 2018

Concert Tickets available at Merkin Hall.

Starting with the 2017 - 2018 Season, the Region Finals Concert will be a ticketed event run through Merkin Hall. NO one will be admitted without a proper Merkin ticket. Tickets start at $20; special Student and Senior pricing is available.

Following the concert, there will be a performance by a previous MONC winner (artist TBD) while the judges deliberate. After the announcement of the winners, there will be a reception with the singers and judges.

Tickets to the reception need to be purchased separately. You can buy reception tickets below or on Eventbrite.

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6:30 PM18:30

Operatic Wine Tasting

Join us for an Operatic Wine Tasting … a fundraiser benefitting the MetOpera National Council Eastern Region. Premium wines paired with your favorite arias performed by National Council Alumni

Our expert sommelier will explore the links between each aria/opera and wine as it relates to the piece being performed. Six different types of wine will be served. Stay tuned to learn more about the singers and the wines to be featured at our first ever Operatic Wine tasting.

In addition to the wine, light finger foods will be served.

Aria and Wine Selections

What's our life? A game! (Herman's aria from Queen of Spades) Tenor - Viktor Antipenko
Baron-Fuente, Grande Reserve Brut  (Champagne, France)

Spring Waters (by Sergei Rachmaninoff) Tenor - Viktor Antipenko
2016 Château de Roquefort, Côtes de Provence Rosé "Corail" (Provence, France)

Am I in your light? (Doctor Atomic by John Adams)  Mezzo-Soprano - Samantha Hankey
2013 Merkin "Shinola" Red Blend (Luna County, New Mexico)

Depuis le Jour - (Louise by Gustave Charpentier) Soprano - Mary Claire Curran
2011 Chateau la Rose-Pourret , St Emilion (Bordeaux, France)

Nacqui all'affanno ... Non più mesta  (La Cenerentola by Rossini) Mezzo-Soprano - Samantha Hankey
2014 Badia di Morrona, Taneto "Super Tuscan" (Tuscany, Italy)

Csárdás - (Die Fledermaus by J Strauss) Soprano - Mary Claire Curran
2014 Chateau Pajzos, H - Tokaji Late Harvest (Hungary) 

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3:00 PM15:00

Grand Finals

Come see the 2017 Finalists compete for cash prizes and the chance to launch a major operatic career while accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, conducted by Nicola Luisotti, and featuring guest artists Jamie Barton and Michael Fabiano. Following the concert, toast our new 2016 winners at a champagne reception on The Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier.

Tickets on sale through the MetOpera.

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Holiday Sing-A-Long
5:00 PM17:00

Holiday Sing-A-Long

A holiday event like no other! The Eastern Region committee of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions hosts a holiday event featuring finalists along with veteran soprano Erin Morley. Enjoy operatic songs, traditional carols and modern classics in a relaxed atmosphere ideal for opera veterans and beginners alike. Young children are welcome particularly at the 6pm performance.

Special guests include Erin Morley, Matthew Anchel, Felicia Moore, Brian Michael Moore and Virginie Verrez. 

For more information and to purchase tickets:

6pm Performance

9pm Performance

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to Oct 29

District Auditions 2015

Schedule with aria selections and Program

Come cheer on our ninety applicants as they sing in front of a panel of distinguished judges (Gayletha Nichols, Mary Dunleavy and John Hancock) in the hopes of advancing to the Region Finals on January 14th. A schedule of singers will be available on our website soon. 
October 28th: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm
October 29th: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm
This schedule is tentative and subject to change as the auditions move along faster than expected. The winners will be announced on our website and social media in the evening of October 29th.
Your ticket gives access to both days of the auditions, and you can come and go as you please throughout the day. 
We want to give our singers the best possible chances when competing, and this means holding the auditions at a concert hall like Merkin.  We also like to provide our singers with great pianists and knowledgeable judges.
For the first time this season, the Eastern Region Committee will be underwriting the cost of running the auditions. This means that your ticket purhase will be used to award cash prizes to our singers. This money means a lot to the young singers who compete, as being a budding opera star is very expensive (for example, voice classes can cost $150 per hour).  The singers will use their prize money to further their careers, backed up by the advice from our wonderful judges.  
We hope you can make it!

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6:30 PM18:30

Fall Preview Party

Eventbrite - MetOpera National Council Eastern Region Fall Preview Party

Join us for an unforgettable evening as we celebrate the start of the 2015 - 2016 season. National Council winner Deborah Voigt will be MC'ing the event, as well as providing all the guests with a signed copy of her new book Call Me Debbie -  True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva.

Anthony Roth Costanzo (2009 National Council Winner), Virginie Verrez (2015 National Council Winner) and David Leigh (2015 Eastern Region Semi-Finalist) will be performing, accompanied on the piano by Doug Martin.
Come discover the importance of the National Council and support the upcoming season.  The evening is generously underwritten by Mr. and Mrs. Brereton, so all proceeds will be used to award generous prizes to this year's Eastern Region winners, both at the District and the Regional level. If you wish to make an additional donation, you will be able to do so after your purchase.  

6.30pm: Reception
7pm: Performance
8pm: Walking Dinner
Will tickets be sold at the door?
No, you have to purchase your tickets ahead of the event through Eventbrite. You will be able to make an additional donation at the event, though.

MONC Eastern Region is a 501 (c) 3, as such your donation will be tax deductible up to the extent allowed by law. Singer attendance is subject to change without notification.

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12:00 PM12:00

Region Finals 2015


Merkin Hall - 129 West 67th Street

11.45am: Doors open

12.30pm: Singing Commences

Appr. 2.30pm: Reception

Appr. 3.15pm: Announcement of Winners

Judges: Gayletha Nichols, Susan Graham and Richard Bado

Suggested Donation: $20 (Event includes singing, reception and printed program)

See below for more details and please register to facilitate admission to Merkin Hall the day of the event.

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to Nov 19

District Auditions 2014

Tuesday November 18th and Wednesday November 19th 

10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm - Please keep in mind the timing is tentative and we might run up to 30 minutes ahead of schedule depending on how many arias each singer needs to perform.

Schedule of Singers - Subject to change

Merkin Hall - 129 West 67th Street

Approximately 90 singers will be competing in front of a panel of distinguished judges (Susan Ashbaker, Richard Bernstein and Cori Ellison) for a spot in the Region Finals to be held on January 14th.

Suggested admission to the District Auditions is $20.  You are welcome to attend both days and come and go as you please.  

Please get tickets below, regardless if you are making a donation or not.  This will facilitate admission to Merkin Hall at the event.


The closest subway trains are the 1 (66th St./Lincoln Center station), 2 and 3 (72nd St. station) trains.  Kaufman Music Center is a 10-minute walk from the 59th St./Columbus Circle station (A, B, C, D & 1 trains).

Take the M5, M7, M104, M11 (from the west side) or M66 (from the east side).

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