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Vocal students and alumni dominate at local Met Opera auditions

October 29, 2010

Bravo! Vocal students and alumni from Loyola University New Orleans dominated at the district level of the Metropolitan Opera Gulf Coast regional auditions. Of the competition’s 39 contestants, only six were selected to advance to the regional level, and four of those being Loyola students or alumni.

Alumni who placed were Casey Candebat ’10, of New Orleans and Clare Maloney Shackleton ’07, of Covington. The advancing students were David Castillo, music performance senior from Harvey, and Jamez McCorkle, music performance senior from New Orleans.

The contestants’ next step is to compete at the Gulf Coast regional auditions, which will be held at Loyola on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in Roussel Hall. The winner of regional round in January will advance to the national semi-final round, held on the Metropolitan Opera Stage in New York City.

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.

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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