- Applicants for the 2016–17 season of auditions must be within 20–30 years old for all voice types from August 1, 2016, through July 31, 2017. This means that applicants must have been born on or between August 1, 1986 and July 31, 1996, in order to be eligible to audition.
- Applicants should demonstrate operatic potential and should have musical training and background. Applicants must be able to sing in more than one language and show artistic aptitude.
- Citizens of the United States of America and Canada are eligible to audition. Foreign applicants are also welcome to audition and must show proof of one-year residency or proof of full-time enrollment in a college or university in the U.S. or Canada.
- The District and Region auditions require five arias of the singer’s choice consisting of contrasting languages and styles. At the national levels of competition, singers only offer four arias.
- For details regarding all Eligibility Requirements, please visit the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council website.
NOTE: Applicants may choose to enter any one District audition across the country regardless of whether they are a resident of the area. District winners must compete in the Region Finals of the Region in which they were District winners. Because we allow singers to audition in the National Council District of their choice, there will be certain unavoidable instances when a panel includes a judge with a connection to one or more contestants. While we work to avoid this circumstance, please be assured that judges are asked to recuse themselves from deliberations about singers with whom they have previously worked.
For the most up-to-date information, be sure to check the
National Council Auditions Website.
Beginning with this season, all applications for auditions should be completed online through the MET’s secure website.