The Metropolitan Opera announces the 21 semi-finalists of the Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition
(Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Met Opera)
The Metropolitan Opera has announced the 21 opera singers who have won regional auditions across the United States and will compete in the semifinals of the Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition on Sunday, April 24 starting at 11 a.m. ET.
The semi-final competition will take place on the Met stage in front of a jury and will be accessible to the public via a live video stream. The finalists will be determined and the grand finale will take place on Sunday May 1st.
Participants are Rachel Blaustein (East Region: Olney, MD), Mary Hoskins (Rocky Mountain Region: Saratoga Springs, UT), Sophia Hunt (Gulf Coast Region: New York, NY), Alexandra Razskazoff ( Southeast: New Brighton, MN). ), Julie Roset (Central Region: Avignon, France) Catherine Thornsley (Northwest Region: Flagstaff, AZ), Esther Tonea (West Region: Buford, GA), Anna Kelly (Gulf Coast Region: Atlanta, GA), Maggie Reneé (Eastern Region: New York, NY), Elizabeth Sarian (Eastern Region: Plainview, NY), Anne Marie Stanley (Upper Midwest Region: Princeton, NJ), Cody Bowers (West Region: Newnan, GA), Nicholas Kelliher (East Region: Baldwin, NY), Matthew Cairns (Great Lakes Region: Toronto, Canada), Daniel O’Hearn (Rocky Mountain Region: Chicago, IL), Ángel Vargas (Gulf Coast Region: San Juan, Puerto Rico), Dennis Chmelensky (East Region: Berlin, Germany), Erik Grendahl (East Region: Boydton, VA), Samson McCrady (Central Region: Tucson, AZ), Le Bu (Midwest Region: Yan Cheng, China) and Jonas Jud (New England Region: St. Gallen, Switzerland).
The semi-finalists will be accompanied by pianists Lachlan Glen and Bénédicte Jourdois, both alumni of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artists Program.