Congratulations to soprano Amanda Woodbury, a member of LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, who was named one of five winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, North America's most prestigious vocal competition, on Sunday, March 30.
Amanda Woodbury joined the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program in the 2012/13 season. She made her LA Opera debut on September 28, 2013, in the leading role of Micaela in Carmen, with subsequent appearances as Papagena in The Magic Flute. Upcoming performances include her Cincinnati May Festival debut in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under the baton of James Conlon, and the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni this summer with the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program. In 2013, she performed Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Aspen Music Festival. Originally from Crestwood, Kentucky, she completed her master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. For her competition selections in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions finals, Ms. Woodbury performed Donna Anna's aria "Non mi dir" from Don Giovanni and Ophélie's mad scene, "A vos jeux, mes amis," from Hamlet. Of the latter, WQXR’s Operavore said, “Winning, after that, wasn't just probable but an inevitability.”
With Ms. Woodbury's win, participants in LA Opera's Young Artist Program have now been selected for the Grand Finals in three consecutive years. Last year, soprano Tracy Cox was a national finalist, and soprano Janai Brugger was named a winner in 2012.
The other winners were soprano Julie Adams (from Burbank, California), bass Patrick Guetti, bass-baritone Ao Li, and tenor Yi Li. Each of the winners received a cash prize of $15,000. Out of more than 1500 competitors, nine singers were selected to compete in the Grand Finals concert, performing two arias with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Marco Armiliato.
The winners of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. From left to right: tenor Yi Li, soprano Julie Adams, bass Patrick Guetti, soprano Amanda Woodbury, and bass-baritone Ao Li. (Photo credit: Rebecca Fay / Metropolitan Opera)
The Grand Finals Concert was recorded for broadcast at a later date on public radio stations across the United States. On Tuesday, April 1 at 4:00pm (PST), this year’s winners will perform in a concert at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR 105.9, New York City’s all-classical station. The event will be broadcast live on WQXR and there will be a live video webcast on both www.WQXR.org and www.TheGreeneSpace.org; for more information, please visit www.TheGreeneSpace.org.