History and Mission
The purpose of the National Council Auditions Program is:
- To discover exceptional young talent,
- To provide a venue for young opera singers across North America at all levels of development to be heard by representatives of the Metropolitan Opera, and
- To assist those with the greatest potential for operatic career.
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions program began in Minneapolis/St. Paul in 1954. Over the years, these auditions have expanded to 42 districts and 12 regions which include the United States and Puerto Rico.
The Southeast Region includes Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Eastern Tennessee and West Tennessee.