SMTD alumna Janai Brugger, a soprano who received her MM in 2009, was named one of five winners of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, considered North America’s most prestigious opera competition. The winners were selected from nine finalists (culled from 1,500 applicants) who performed arias with the Met Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis, on Sunday, March 18 on the Metropolitan Opera stage. Each winner receives a cash prize of $15,000, as well as invaluable career exposure.
Brugger is currently in her second year as a member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program with the Los Angeles Opera in which she has appeared in Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Placido Domingo, Rigoletto with James Conlon, and La Bohèmewith Patrick Summers. She also made her debut as Juliette in Romeo et Juliette at Palm Beach Opera in February 2012.
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The auditions are held annually in fourteen Regions of the United States and Canada. There are forty-two districts within these regions, each providing an opportunity for talented singers to enter the Auditions Program at the local level. The auditions are administered by National Council members and volunteers in each region.