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N.D. Met Auditions set for Nov. 14 in GF

North Dakota auditions conducted under the auspices of the Metropolitan Opera National Council will begin at noon Nov. 14 in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, UND Hughes Fine Arts Center, Grand Forks.

North Dakota auditions conducted under the auspices of the Metropolitan Opera National Council will begin at noon Nov. 14 in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, UND Hughes Fine Arts Center, Grand Forks.

A public master class will follow.

The 46th annual competition at UND will be judged by Christopher Hunt of Indiana University, Doug Nagel of the RimRock Opera Company of Billings, Mont., and Metropolitan Opera soprano Margaret Jane Wray. As always, the public is welcome.

The event, part of auditions held throughout the U.S. and in Canada, sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera, is a search for talented young singers ages 20 to 30. Last year, 12 singers from North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba competed.

Singers at the auditions compete for prize money and the chance to advance to the Upper Midwest Regional Auditions beginning at noon Feb. 6 at the Ordway in St. Paul.

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The winners of the Upper Midwest and 15 other regional auditions will advance with all expenses paid to the national semifinals on March 7 and the audition finals March 14 onstage at the Met. Nearly $500,000 will be given in prize money in the three levels of competition this year.

The North Dakota auditions are supported by UND Fellows, the UND Department of Music and individual contributors.

For more information, call G. Paul Larson at (218) 791-2612 or go to www.metopera.org/ and click on "Auditions," then the National Council pages.

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