Congratulations to Amanda Woodbury Bodine - a winner at the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions - and a Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts 2005 Vocal Music alum!
As reported on The New York Times ArtsBeat blog, more than 1,500 aspiring singers participated in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, thought to be the most prestigious voice competition in the field. After auditions in 40 districts and 13 regions in the United States and Canada, it all came down to the Grand Finals concert on Sunday,March 30, at the Met.
Nine impressive singers, ranging in age from 24 to 29, performed two arias each with the Met Opera Orchestra conducted by Marco Armiliato. After a short final deliberation, a panel of seven judges chose five winners, who were announced from the stage by the tenor Lawrence Brownlee, the host for the concert, and the soprano Susanna Phillips, the afternoon’s guest artist, who performed “Dove Sono” from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” while the audience waited to hear the results.
The 2014 winners, not ranked in order, were: Amanda Woodbury, a soprano from Kentucky; Julie Adams, a soprano from California; Patrick Guetti, a bass from New Jersey; Yi Li, a tenor from China; and, also from China, Ao Li, a bass-baritone. Each winner receives a $15,000 award, though the larger prize is usually the exposure the Grand Finals brings.
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