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Loyola hosts Metropolitan Opera auditions judged by famed mezzo-soprano

January 23, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans will host several outstanding young singers as they compete and showcase polished technique, performing spectacular arias in pursuit of operatic stardom, in the New York Metropolitan Opera National Council Gulf Coast Regional Auditions. Noted Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Jane Bunnell will judge the auditions. The winner of this round will advance to the national semi-final round, held on the Metropolitan Opera Stage in New York City.

The auditions take place Sunday, Jan. 25, at 1:30 p.m., in Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus, and they are open to the public. Donations for admission will be accepted at the door.

Following the auditions, Bunnell will host a vocal masterclass at Loyola on Monday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m., in Roussel Hall. The public is invited to view the class performance at no cost.

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The auditions are held annually in 15 regions of the U.S. and Canada and consist of pre-selected individuals who placed at their local levels. Many of the world’s foremost singers, including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Jessye Norman, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, Deborah Voigt and Dolora Zajick have received awards from the council.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or (504) 861-5882.

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