Metropolitan Opera Announces Finalists for National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has announce the 10 finalists for the 2021 National Council Auditions.

The finalists include Korean bass-baritone Jongwon Han, Korean tenor Duke Kim, Korean soprano Hyoyoung Kim, American soprano Brittany Olivia Logan, American soprano Raven McMillon, American baritone Timothy Murray, 29, American soprano Murrella Parton, American soprano Erica Petrocelli, American mezzo-soprano Emily Sierra, and American mezzo-soprano Emily Treigle.

Han received the “Stephen De Maio Memorial Award” from the 2021 Gerda Lissner Foundation and was one of the finalists of 2017 Fiorenza Cossotto International Competition in Italy.

Kim is currently at the Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera and will return to Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist.

Kim is a second-year master’s student in voice at Juilliard and has appeared with such companies as Palm Beach Opera, Spoleto Festival, and Vancouver Opera’s NYIOP Korea audition.

Logan won the Audience Choice Award at Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Concert of Arias Competition and is set to appear with Wolf Trap Opera as a studio artist this summer.

McMillon is currently a first year member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio (HGO) and this summer she will join Cincinnati Opera in the company’s outdoor presentation of “Carmen.”

Murray is a member of the Adler Fellowship Program with San Francisco Opera was a participant of Merola Opera Program.

Parton received The Sergio Franchi Music Foundation Award and The Kleinschmidt Encouragement Award at the 2021 Vero Beach Opera Rising Stars Competition, and was the Grand Prize Winner of the Orpheus Vocal Competition (2020), a Finalist for the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition (2020), and a Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2019), among other recognitions.

Petrocelli is currently a member of the International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zürich and recently made her European debut singing Prinzessin/ Marmeladeverkäuferin in “Das tapfere Schneiderlein” at the Opernhaus Zürich where she also performed roles in “L’elisir d’amore” and “Les contes d’Hoffmann.”

Sierra is currently studying at The Juilliard School and this summer, she will join the prestigious Vocal Residency of the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Treigle is set to join the Houston Grand Opera as a Studio Artist for their 2021-2022 season and this summer she is returning to Wolf Trap Opera for a second season where she is covering the title role in Holst’s “Savitri.”

The 10 will perform virtually from around the world during the Grand Finals  Concert which is set to take place on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 3 p.m. The winners will receive individual cash prizes of $20,000 with the remaining finalists receiving $10,000. Each singer will present two arias. Ryan Speedo Green will host the event. 

Audiences can check out the concert for free via the Metropolitan Opera’s official website.