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The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is an annual singing competition sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera.wikipedia
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Teresa Stratas

Stratas
One year later in 1959, she co-won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, appearing later that year with the Metropolitan Opera as Poussette in Manon.

Spiro Malas

Malas made his operatic debut in 1959 in his native Baltimore and in 1960 he won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Francesca Roberto

A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she sang leading roles throughout the United States during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Joan Wall

In 1957 she was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Mary Mackenzie (mezzo-soprano)

Mary MacKenzie
In 1955, she won the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation competition, and in 1960, she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Robert Nagy (tenor)

Robert Nagy
His association with the Met began when he won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1956.

Mary Beth Peil

In 1964 she won both the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Lucille Kailer

In 1958 Kailer won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Roald Reitan

In 1959 Reitan won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Shirley Verrett

Shirley Verrett-Carter
In 1961 she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Felicia Weathers

In 1957, she placed second in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Justino Díaz

Justino Diaz
On March 29, 1963, Díaz won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, becoming the "first" Puerto Rican to obtain such an honor.

George Shirley

In 1960, at 26, he won a National Arts Club scholarship competition, and the following April he was the first Black singer to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions scholarship competition.

James McCray

In 1962 he won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Ron Holgate

Ronald Holgate
In 1959, Holgate, a bass-baritone, won second prize in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, finishing after Teresa Stratas; he went on to tour with Goldovsky's New England Opera Theater.

Gwendolyn Jones

In 1968 she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions at the age of 19.

Claudia Lindsey

In 1965 she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a grant from the John Hay Whitney Foundation.

Loretta Di Franco

She went on to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1965 which led to her first substantial role, Chloe in The Queen of Spades.

Gail Robinson (soprano)

Gail Robinson
While at MSU, she won the Metropolitan Opera's Audition of the Air (the precursor to the National Council Auditions) at the age of 19.

Grace Bumbry

In 1958, she was a joint winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions with soprano Martina Arroyo; later that year, she made her recital debut in Paris.

Carol Toscano

In 1962 she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.