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Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Sunday, July 14 at 8 p.m.
After a series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, a panel of judges has named five young singers the winners of the 2019 National Council Auditions, the nation's most prestigious vocal competition.

Each winner, who performed two arias onstage at the Metropolitan Opera with conductor Carlo Rizzi and the Met's orchestra, received a cash prize and the prestige and exposure that come with winning a competition that has launched the careers of many of opera's biggest stars.

The Grand Finals Concert was hosted by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and featured a performance by guest bass-baritone Christian Van Horn. One of this year's winners is Elena Villalón, a student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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