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Loyola hosts Metropolitan Opera auditions and masterclass

January 15, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans will host several outstanding young singers as they compete and perform spectacular vocal music in pursuit of operatic stardom during the New York Metropolitan Opera National Council Gulf Coast Regional Auditions. The winner of this round at Loyola will advance to the national semi-final round, held on the Metropolitan Opera stage in New York City.

The auditions take place on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 1:30 p.m., in Loyola’s Roussel Performance Hall located in the Communications/Music Complex. Donations for admission will be accepted at the door.

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.

Judging the auditions will be notable Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee.

Bybee will also host a vocal masterclass at Loyola on Monday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Roussel Hall. Admission to the masterclass is open to the public.

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

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