MONC Semi-Final and Grand Finals Audition Rounds

The winners of each regional round of auditions become National Council semi-finalists, and sing next on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC. As a Gulf Coast winner in 2020, soprano Denis Velez moved to the semi-final round, then became a finalist, singing on the Met stage with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and on March 1, 2020 became the first Mexican singer ever named a winner of the National Council auditions.