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Metropolitan Opera México Auditions Winners Concert

PRO MUSICA

By Michael Pearl

This month Pro Musica stages the Metropolitan Opera Auditions for the whole of México when more than 40 singers from all over the country will vie for substantial prize money and the chance to progress through to the Regional Finals of the competition. The Winners of the Auditions, as well as those receiving Encouragement Awards and Pro Musica’s own choice of Voice of the Future, will sing at a Winners’ Concert on Saturday, November 10, at 5pm at St Paul’s church. This will be a unique opportunity for you to see the cream of México’s young opera singers in a full-length concert of arias, duets and other combinations, accompanied on the piano by the inimitable Mario Alberto Hernandez, one of the most distinguished voice teachers in México.  This will be the first voice concert we have staged at St Paul’s in at least four years.

To add to the excitement, Pro Musica has added a “Voice of the Future” choice to acknowledge outstanding potential in a singer who was not chosen by the audition judges to receive an award.

The concert is sponsored by an anonymous San Miguel resident, and by attending, you will also be helping to fund the fees we will pay for these up and coming singers, who greatly need the means to pursue their careers. Paid professional engagements for opera singers are few and far between.

The concert will also give the singers a vital opportunity to perform in front of a discerning and appreciative audience, a very different experience from the production-line feeling of auditions, where they sing for three to four minutes with no energizing audience and no applause. This is all vital experience for their development as performers as they continue on to the Met’s Regional Finals in New Orleans and, hopefully, on to New York.

Some of our Patron Members will have supper with the singers afterwards.  As with most of our concerts, this often leads to singers and Patrons becoming friends, the latter sometimes taking an interest in their careers. Occasionally they end up assisting them financially—a wonderful way to give back to the community and at the same time support the arts. Tickets for the concert at St Paul’s are 150, 300 and 400 pesos donation each, and are on sale at the Tesoros at La Biblioteca; Solutions, Recreo 11; and through our website with no booking fee, and at the concert 45 minutes before performance time.

Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our website, www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com.

Michael Pearl is president of Pro Musica and co-director of the Metropolitan Opera México Auditions.

If you like the idea of meeting the singers and other musicians, why not become a Patron Member of Pro Musica?

 

Music

Pro Musica Concert Series

Metropolitan Opera Auditions México Winners Concert

Sat, Nov 10, 5pm

St Paul’s Church

Cardo 6

150, 300, 400 pesos

www.promusicasma.org

promusicasma@aol.com

 

 

 

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