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Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
Outstanding vocalists from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida sing opera arias before a panel of expert judges, competing to advance to the national finals on stage at the Metropolitan Opera in new York. Always an exciting afternoon, the Met Auditions are a must for any opera lover. Catch a rising star!
Special Guest Performer: Brent Davis, Baritone
Brent Davis, baritone performs Il Barone Douphol in Verdi’s “La Traviata” with The Atlanta Opera in March. He recently appeared as Guglielmo in “Così fan tutte” with Asheville Lyric Opera, Masetto and title role cover in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with The Atlanta Opera, and Marcello in “La Bohème” with University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, where he has also performed Ford in Verdi’s “Falstaff.” In concert this fall, Mr. Davis performed with Atlanta Vocal Arts Society, also featuring international artists tenor Russell Thomas and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, baritone soloist in “Carmina Burana” with Michael O’Neal Singers, and soloist with Governors Club Opera Guild. Davis has also appeared at the International Festival of the Aegean in Greece as opera gala soloist and as Il Barone and Giorgio Germont cover in “La Traviata.” Other productions include The Atlanta Opera company premieres as Horemhab in “Akhnaten” and Hosie in “Cold Sassy Tree” working with composers Philip Glass and Carlisle Floyd, Prince Danilo in “The Merry Widow” with the Asheville Lyric Opera, Schaunard in “La Bohème” with Mobile Opera, Captain Corcoran in “H.M.S. Pinafore” and Miles Gloriosus in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” with Atlanta Lyric Theatre, as well as Pélleas in “Pélleas et Mélisande” and Eisenstein in “Die Fledermaus” with Illinois Opera Theater. With Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he sang in “Der Rosenkavalier” as Zweiter Lakai in concert performance. Mr. Davis is a Clayton State University School of Music Alumnus where he earned his Bachelor of Music and studied with soprano Dr. Cheryl Boyd-Waddell. He received his Master of Music from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied with coach John Wustman, tenor Jerold Siena, and coach Eric Dalheim. He has been a 2007, 2005, and 2004 finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Southeast Region Competition. Mr. Davis has worked extensively with coaches Craig Kier, Assistant Chorus Master of Houston Grand Opera and Walter Huff, Chorus Master of The Atlanta Opera and currently studies with Deutsche Oper Berlin coach Kathryn Wright, American stage director Carroll Freeman, and Metropolitan Opera baritone Frederick Burchinal.