Metropolitan Opera Auditions at ISU

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Updated: 11/18/2013 10:46 am

For an opera singer, it doesn’t get better than the Metropolitan Opera. 34 student singers from our region, including 4 from ISU, had the opportunity to audition for the prestigious company today.

The 34 singers get a few short minutes to make a lasting impression on some of the best in the business, and ISU, for the second time in 3 years, got to show off all that Pocatello offers.

“There are several other universities that host, but for the Metropolitan Opera to trust our site, our venue, trust our ability to raise money for the event, we’re pretty honored. It’s a big deal to have this national competition here on our grounds,” said ISU professor and co-director of the auditions, Dr. Diana Livingston Friedley.

The auditions were for the Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana district, but that didn’t stop Irina Popescu from traveling all the way from Alberta, Canada to try out.

Irina told us: “It’s kind of like the goal to end all for the majority of singers so, the Met, the National Council auditions are a young singer’s way of trying to get into that scene.”

It was a preliminary audition for our district, with 3 finalists from today moving onto regionals in Seattle. This is a chance that singers wait all year for, and lucky for the 4 talents from Idaho State University, it’s right in their backyard.   

“They have worked so hard, I’m really excited for them. They’re wonderful human beings and they have gone the extra mile to prepare for this competition,” said Dr. Livingston Friedley.

Even though this is the lucky break that singers are desperate to get, the voices auditioning understand that only 3 of the 34 of them will move on to the next round.

“It has to be, I’m still young, I can try again next year if this doesn’t work. So it takes a little bit of pressure off and I can actually concentrate and sing,” said Popescu.

One of the judges, Thomas Muraco from the Manhattan School of Music, is holding a master class tomorrow at 10 AM, free of charge, in the Stephens Performing Arts Center. It is open to the public, anyone and everyone is invited to come learn from one of the best in the business.   

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