Two of the singers selected* by Houston Grand Opera for their studio program were among six winners last night of the Met national auditions, considered the most prestigious career boost in US opera.
Here are the Met winners:
Samantha Hankey, 24, mezzo-soprano (Marshfield, MA)
Kirsten MacKinnon, 26, soprano (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
*Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, 23, countertenor (Brooklyn, NY)
*Richard Smagur, 26, tenor (Clarkesville, GA)
Kyle van Schoonhoven, 28, tenor (Lockport, NY)
Vanessa Vasquez, 26, soprano (Scottsdale, AZ)