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.