The annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Wisconsin District will take place Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10:00 am. They will be held at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts located at 19805 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield, WI.
Lisa Kay Hanson – District Director
Director of Artistic Administration – Florentine Opera Company
Office 414-291-5700 ext. 219
For more information about the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, please visit: https://www.metopera.org/About/Auditions/nationalcouncil/.
Judges for November 3, 2018
Baritone Timothy Noble has enjoyed an international vocal career spanning over fifty years and is widely considered one of the great singing actors of his generation. He has performed over fifty leading roles in major opera houses around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, La Fenice, Netherlands Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival. He has also debuted four world premieres, including Philip Glass’ “The Voyage” for the Metropolitan Opera. He has performed as baritone soloist with London Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony, to name a few, and appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl and the Ravinia Festival. His operatic/concert collaborations include some of the great maestri of the last half-century, including James Levine, Sir Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly, James Conlon and Nello Santi. Professor Noble also toured with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians for seven years as soloist, arranger, rehearsal conductor and percussionist. He has appeared on Broadway in the 1972 production of “The Selling of the President,” numerous television shows such as Ed Sullivan and Mike Douglas, and received a Grammy nomination for his performance of Harold Hill in the Telarc recording of “The Music Man.” Other recordings include “Regina” and “Simply Cole.” Noble also recently completed a twenty year project of writing the music and lyrics for his first musical, “Alamo,” which premiered at a public workshop performance at Indiana University in the spring of 2012, along with a demo recording in 2015.
In the fall of 2018 Professor Noble began his 20th year at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he was elevated in rank from full professor to Distinguished Professor of Music in 2004. He presently serves as a vocal trainer for the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Program, and guest lecturer for both the Glenn Gould Conservatory and the University of Toronto. During the summer of 2014 Noble taught in Sulmona, Italy for the COSI Program, The Torggler Institute in Newport News, the Banff Music Centre, and the Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton, Ontario.
Noble’s students have won the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions at the district, regional, semi-final and grand finals levels, the Palm Beach Competition, the George London Competition, the Liederkranz Competition, the Bel Canto Competition, the Orpheus Competition, Matinee Musicale and Richard Tucker Foundation. During the summer of 2009, his student, Jordan Bisch, won second prize in Placido Domingo’s Operalia International Competition, and Michael Brandenburg was a winner of the MONC Finals at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013 and the Bel Canto Competition in Chicago. Both have gone on to successful careers. Most recently Canadian Tenor, Justin Stolz, won the Grand Prize in the Livingston-Mathers Competition and American bass-baritone, Rafael Porto, won the Grand Prize in the Student Division of the Orpheus Competition. Professor Noble’s students hold or have held positions with virtually every young artist program in North America, and many of his students have also gone on to appear in major roles with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Central City Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Berlin Staadtsoper, Sarasota Opera, San Diego Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Canadian Opera, Zurich Opera, Cologne Opera, and Opera Omaha.
Professor Noble, in addition to singing the National Anthem for IU Basketball home games, was the bass soloist in Verdi’s “Requiem” with the Carmel Symphony on November 12, 2016 and will sing the title role in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” on April 1, 2017 with the Columbus Philharmonic.
Melissa Wegner joined the artistic staff of the Metropolitan Opera in 2011 and currently serves as Executive Director of the National Council Auditions (MONC). She auditions hundreds of young singers annually and is passionate about assisting them with their career development. Ms. Wegner hears artists in stage and screening auditions at the Met and is responsible for casting the Met’s New Opera Commissions workshops. In addition to judging the District, Region and National rounds of MONC, Ms. Wegner has also adjudicated the Belvedere Competition in South Africa and Russia, the SAI Vocal Competition, and the McCammon Voice Competition. She is a faculty member at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute Program for Singers, has been visiting faculty for Bard College’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and is a frequent guest speaker at conservatories, universities and summer festivals. As a soprano, Ms. Wegner performed opera, concerts and recitals in the United States and Europe. She worked at New York City Opera as a Supertitles Associate and continues this work on a freelance basis with organizations including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and BAM. Ms. Wegner is a member of Families of FANA WNY, which fundraises to support the orphanage in Colombia from which she was adopted. She is a Trustee of the Foundation Board of SUNY Potsdam, an Advisory Board Member of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and a founding member of its Vocal Arts Program Alumni Association. Ms. Wegner holds degrees from Bard College, The Manhattan School of Music, and The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.
KEITH A. WOLFE
Keith A. Wolfe, General Director of Opera Birmingham comes to the company after fourteen seasons with Fort Worth Opera, first as Managing Director since 2001 then as Executive Director as of March 2014. He also served as the former Artistic Director of the Fort Worth Men’s Chorus, and was appointed as Interim Director of the Opera Studio at Texas Christian University in Fall 2013. During his tenure at Fort Worth Opera, Mr. Wolfe developed a number of expanded training programs for area young artists, including the development of the Fort Worth Opera Studio and formulated “The Ten Commandments of Auditions” with General Director Darren K. Woods, which was featured in Classical Singer magazine. Recent programming included strategic planning for singers in master classes and seminars, and served as a panelist for Opera America, presenting both the strategic planning process as well as how technology can be used to streamline the artistic process. Previously, Mr. Wolfe served for seven years as the General Manager of the Seagle Music Colony in upstate New York, the oldest young artist training program in the United States, where returned to conduct Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata, and workshops of Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls and Joe Illick’s Bliss. Mr. Wolfe holds both bachelors and masters degrees in education and opera. Prior to moving into arts administration, he performed with the Virginia Opera, the Washington Opera, the Virginia Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony, and the Virginia Pro Musica. Among his roles, favorites include Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and Nanki-poo in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado.
Singers for November 3, 2018
(In order of performance)
Clarissa Parrish Short
Lydia Rose Eiche
Angela De Venuto
Jason MartinDonate to the Met Opera National Council Auditions
Lindsay Metzger, mezzo-soprano
Rachel Blaustein, soprano
Nathaniel Hill, baritone
Aiden Smerud, bass-baritone
Quinn Middleman, mezzo-soprano
Ann Toomey, soprano
Date and Time
November 3rd at 10:00 am
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
19805 W. Capitol Drive
Brookfield, WI 53045