Four US winners and one Chinese are named at Met auditions

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions last night picked out five of the nine contenders for the main awards. They are:

Jessica Faselt, 25, soprano (Iowa City);

Madison Leonard, 26, soprano (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho);

Ashley Dixon, 26, mezzo-soprano (Peachtree, Georgia);

Hongni Wu, 23, mezzo-soprano (Jingdezhen, China);

and Carlos Enrique Santelli, 26, tenor (Orlando, Florida).

Each receives $15,000 and a career boost.

The other four go home with a $5k consolation check.

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  • Very good finalists this year. Jessica (pictured) was just wonderful – my neighbor (coming to the Met for 30+ years) commented “she’s better than half the people we hear most nights at the Met.” Fair comment I must agree. Outstanding.

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