[ students & alumni ]

Brian Vu named Grand Finalist in Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

vu_brianBrian Vu ’14 MM, ’15 AD has been named a grand finalist in the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Vu, alongside eight other singers, will compete this Sunday in the Grand Finals Concert. The concert marks the final stage of the Met’s annual competition and awards winners a prize of $15,000 as well as valuable exposure in front of some of the premier figures in the opera world.

The Grand Finals concert takes place this Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 pm at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.


Published March 11, 2016
Share This Comments

[ alumni ]

Alison King ’14 MM takes first place in Met Opera Auditions, Upper Midwest Region

Alison King

Alison King

Soprano Alison King ’14 MM is a first place winner in the Upper Midwest Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She will advance to the national semi-final auditions, which take place on the Metropolitan Opera stage on March 6, 2016.

The Upper Midwest regional auditions took place January 24 in Minneapolis, Minn. MORE

Published January 27, 2016
Share This Comments

[ alumni ]

Alumnus Christian Van Horn makes Metropolitan Opera debut

van-horn-christian-operaChristian Van Horn ’02 MM, ’03AD will make his Metropolitan Opera debut next season in a new production of Falstaff, conducted by James Levine, in December 2014. The performance will be a part of the Met’s HD broadcast series. After Falstaff, Mr. Van Horn will continue at the Met with a run of La Bohème.

American bass-baritone Christian Van Horn has appeared in many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bayerische Staatsoper, Salzburg Festial, and Los Angeles Opera. In October, his recording of the title role in Le nozze di Figaro will be released on disc by Sony Classical.

Most recently, Mr. Van Horn returned to San Francisco to perform as the four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. The 2013–14 season will find him singing Colline in a Toronto production of La Bohème, followed by Pistola in Falstaff at the Met and then as Colline again in Bohème at the Met.

Published September 20, 2013
Share This Comments

Yale gains access to Met Opera on Demand with gift from Frederick Iseman ’74


Iseman, right, at Convocation on September 9

Thanks to the generosity of Yale alumnus Frederick Iseman ’74BA, the Yale School of Music and the Gilmore Music Library now offer Met Opera on Demand: Student Access.

Met Opera on Demand includes dozens of productions from the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, featuring opera superstars such as Natalie Dessay, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Elīna Garanča, Anna Netrebko, and Deborah Voigt, among many more. Classic Met telecasts from 1977–2001 include Aida starring Leontyne Price, La Bohème starring Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto, Otello with Jon Vickers in the title role, and more. MORE

Published September 18, 2013
Share This Comments

Annie Rosen ’12MM wins Metropolitan Opera’s New England Regional Audition

Other Yale Opera singers take Third Prize, Encouragement Award

Mezzo-soprano Annie Rosen ’12MM won first place in the Metropolitan Opera’s New England Regional Auditions, held yesterday in Boston. Rosen will compete on the Met stage in the National Council Auditions on March 18.

Two other YSM singers also made strong showings in the New England Regional Auditions. Bass-baritone Andrew Craig Brown ’12AD took third place, and baritone Cameron McPhail ’12MM won an Encouragement Award.

The National Council Auditions Program, sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera, sets out to find exceptionally talented opera singers and to assist them in their development, to discover new talent for the Metropolitan Opera, and to search for possible participants in the Met’s Young Artist Development Program.

This season, Annie Rosen appears with Yale Opera as Dorabella in Così fan tutte and with the Yale Baroque Opera Project as Penelope in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, before spending the summer as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera. She has been called an “excellent vocal soloist” by the New York Times and praised by Opera News for her “dulcet, sweetly phrased” singing. MORE

Published January 30, 2012
Share This Comments

Live broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera to debut at Yale thanks to a gift from Frederick Iseman ’74

Bryn Terfel (above) as Wotan and Eric Owens as Alberich appear in Wagner's "Das Rheingold" in Robert Lepage's production at the Metropolitan Opera. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Starting this fall, the Yale University community will have the unique opportunity to view the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcasts on campus free of charge through a gift from Frederick Iseman, Yale College alumnus of the Class of 1974. This generous gift will fund Yale’s access to the twelve operas scheduled for live transmission during 2010–2011, as well as the installation of new sound and projection technology in Sprague Hall, where the performances will be shown.

Additionally, Mr. Iseman’s gift will enable area high school students to experience the Met’s performances by providing 200 tickets for the Live in HD series presented at the Branford 12 movie theater. Ticket distribution to the high schools will be administered through the Music in Schools program at Yale School of Music.

The Met @ Yale: the Iseman Broadcasts of The Met Live in HD season will begin on October 9 with Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, the first production in the Met’s widely anticipated new Ring Cycle. Succeeding broadcasts will include five other new productions: Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (October 23), Verdi’s Don Carlo (December 11), Adams’s Nixon in China (February 12), Rossini’s Le Comte Ory (April 9), and the second installment in the new Ring Cycle, Die Walküre (May 14). Further transmissions will bring works by Verdi, Strauss, Puccini, Gluck, and Donizetti to Yale and to audiences worldwide.

Nine former students of the Yale School of Music are among the singers performing in the twelve operas being simulcast this year. Das Rheingold, the first broadcast, will include Tamara Mumford (Flosshilde) and Adam Diegel (Froh).

Members of the Yale community can reserve tickets for the Iseman Broadcasts HERE.

Click HERE for the complete press release.

More information about the operas scheduled for broadcast during the 2010–2011 season of The Met Live in HD is available HERE.

Published September 29, 2010
Share This Comments

Ed Parks ’08MM to debut at the Met

ParksEdEdward Parks ’08MM will make his Metropolitan Opera House debut this season. Parks, a graduate of the Yale Opera program, was a winner of the Met’s 2008 National Council Auditions at the Grand Finals Concert on February 24, 2008. He is a native of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

He will sing the role of Fiorello in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville beginning October 3.

Published September 16, 2009
Share This Comments