Hear the opera stars of tomorrow on the 2020 Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Auditions Finals. Be the judge as 14 talented young singers vie for the honor to move on to the semifinals and finals on stage at the Metropolitan Opera House. Rich Capparela is your host.

This podcast marks the 43rd year of the association between KUSC and the Met’s Western Region Auditions and marks the 63rd Anniversary Season for the Western Regions.

The purpose of the auditions is to provide a venue for young singers from all over the country – and at different levels of experience – to be heard by a Metropolitan Opera representative, the result of which is the discovery of exceptionally talented young opera singers. The process also serves to provide assistance in their development, to nurture new talent for the Metropolitan Opera and search for possible participants in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. These singers progress directly to the Western Region Finals from one of three Districts – Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Along the way singers receive constructive critical evaluation – and cash prizes. Each year, over the course of several weeks, local auditions take place, and the group this year was narrowed to the 14 finalists, who gathered at Zipper Auditorium to vie for generous cash awards and the all-important first place invitation to compete in the National Semi-Finals, to be held in New York on February 24th and, perhaps on to the Grand National Finals one week later – Sunday, March 1st.

To listen to the 2020 Metropolitan Opera Western Regional Auditions Finals, hit play below. Audio is available now through the end of February.

Part 1



Part 2