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. Soprano Jennifer Mariel took first prize in the 2021 Gulf Coast Region auditions on February 28, 2021 and advanced to the semi-final round. That will be produced virtually on May 9, 2021 and live streamed via The program for the 2021 National Council semi-final auditions can be found here.