Hot news: Student, 22, wins Met audition

Hot news: Student, 22, wins Met audition


norman lebrecht

May 30, 2017

Hugo A. Valverde Villalobos, a 22 year-old horn student at Rice University, has won the vacancy for second horn at the Metropolitan Opera.

He succeeds Michelle Reed Baker, who retired last week after 27 years.

Hugo, from Costa Rica, has been studying for this chance since he was seven years old.


  • Ruben Greenberg says:

    Rice University seems to turn out a lot of top players. People don’t just shoot each other out there in Texas.

  • Michael Klotz says:

    The horn professor, Bill Vermeulen, is a fabulous artist and enormously successful pedagogue.

  • carlos2bass says:

    So happy for Hugo! Before his 2 year master,s at Rice he spent his 4 year bachelor,s at Lynn University in Florida, a wonderfull tuition free music program.