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Noah in New York: the MONC finals

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Feb. 23, 2009 at 9:24 am with No Comments »
February 23, 2009 9:24 am

Well, if you’ve been following the blog, you’ll have been wondering whether former PLU tenor Noah Baetge placed in the finals for the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. The finals for the international young talent search were held yesterday at 3 p.m. ET.

And no, Noah didn’t win. The four winners, selected from eight finalists, were Paul Appleby of South Bend, Indiana; Anthony Roth Costanzo of Durham, North Carolina; Sung Eun Lee of Seoul, South Korea; and Nadine Sierra of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. All finalists performed two arias with the Met Orchestra, conducted by Patrick Summers. Each winner takes away a cash prize of $15,000.

But Noah and the other three runners-up still walked away with $5,000 each, not to mention the prize money they’ve won along the way at regionals and semifinals–plus the knowledge that they’ve performed on the Met stage in front of dozens of opera producers, critics and scouts. Way to go, Noah!

The MONC finals were recorded for broadcast at a later date, visit www.metopera .org for more information.

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