The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
MONC is designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The auditions are held in 55 districts comprising 15 regions in the USA and Canada. Approximately 1500 singers audition annually, starting at the District level, with winners advancing to the Regional Auditions. Approximately 20-25 Regional winners are brought to New York as National Semi-Finalists for musical preparation under the guidance of the Metropolitan Opera artistic staff. Approximately 10 Semi-Finalists are advanced to the Grand Finals. Approximately 5 Finalists are selected as National Council winners, and awarded $15,000. About 100 former MONC Auditioners are on the Metropolitan Opera roster annually.
The Middle and East Tennessee District Auditions alternate yearly between Knoxville and Nashville and are supported jointly by the Knoxville Opera Guild and the Nashville Opera Guild.