The public gets a chance to watch the "most prestigious voice competition in North America" this Sunday with the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert. Tickets are still available for the 3 p.m. event which features eight aspiring opera singers—selected from nearly 1500 who were heard during auditions across the U.S. and Canada—performing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra—and in front of "opera company executives, artist managers, music critics, and other opinion-makers of the music world."
This year's finalists are Joseph Barron, bass-baritone from Pittsburgh, PA; Deanna Breiwick, soprano from Seattle, WA;Sasha Djihanian, soprano from Montreal, Canada; Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone from Suffolk, VA; Michelle Johnson, soprano from Pearland, TX; Joseph Lim, baritone from Seoul, South Korea; Nicholas Masters, bass from New Canaan, CT; and Philippe Sly, bass-baritone from Ottawa, Canada. And past winners of the Audition include Renée Fleming, Hei-Kyung Hong, Deborah Voigt,Susan Graham, Stephanie Blythe, Dolora Zajick, Nathan Gunn, Ben Heppner, and Thomas Hampson.
The documentary, The Audition, followed the 2007 National Council Auditions: