NEW YORK - Five singers 28 and under were picked as winners of the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions and were awarded $15,000 each.
Tenor Rene Barbera of San Antonio, Texas; mezzo-sopranos Jennifer Johnson of St. Louis and Daveda Karanas of Mandeville, La.; soprano Simone Osborne of Vancouver, British Columbia; and baritone Edward Parks of Indiana, Pa., were selected after performing Sunday at the Met.
About 1,500 singers participated in the contest. Past winners include Renee Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Stephanie Blythe, Dolora Zajick, Ben Heppner, Thomas Hampson and Samuel Ramey.
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