Last updated: January 20. 2014 10:08AM - 574 Views
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COLUMBIA — The Newberry community is invited to listen to young singers from across the United States compete for $15,000 cash prizes and the chance to perform on one of the world’s most prestigious stages when the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions launches its 61st annual auditions program.

Auditions take place Jan. 25 at the R. Wright Spears Center for the Arts at Columbia College in Columbia.

Over 1,500 singers between the ages of 20 and 30 will participate in the National Council Auditions, which is one of the largest and longest running singing competitions in America, according to Van Edwards, with the national council auditions program.

Edwards said three professional judges provided by the Metropolitan Opera will be present in Columbia to judge the free auditions, open to the public, and hopes the Newberry community will be excited to attend.

If you love beautiful music, the Metropolitan Opera Auditions for South Carolina is a chance to hear some of the state’s talent free of charge. Three winners will be chosen from South Carolina and receive an award of $1,000 and right to go to the Grand National Finals on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York before an audience that includes representatives of opera houses throughout the world.

“Take it Easy” with the Eagles tribute band Hotel California will be performing at the Newberry Opera House Jan. 24, which would kick off a weekend full of musical entertainment, followed by the Met auditions.

The South Carolina District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are a chance to hear some amazing young singers and perhaps catch a rising start that is launching a career. Previous winners included sings such as Carolina’s own David Daniels, who currently is one of the most famous counter-tenors in the world. For more information about Saturday’s auditions, contact Bettie or Van Edwards at (803) 787-0287.

Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at eparnell@civitasmedia.com.

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