BW Conservatory Graduate and Opera Singer a Grand Winner at the Met

January 1, 2013

A graduate of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, Margaret Mezzacappa ’09, has been named one of five Grand Winners of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York.

The Met program designed to discover exceptional young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The auditions are held annually in fourteen Regions of the United States and Canada.

Mezzacappa, a Mezzo-Soprano, initially advanced from the local district auditions, to the Middle Atlantic Region Finals where she won a trip to New York to participate in the National Semi-Finals, a competition held on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.

As one of ten young artists selected as National Finalists, Mezzacappa went on to compete on Sunday, March 18 in the public Grand Finals Concert, accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. At the end of the performances, a jury selected five talented singers, including Mezzacappa, to receive Grand Winner awards of $15,000 each. The concert will be broadcast nationwide on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Network.

Many of the world’s foremost singers, among them Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Jessye Norman, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, Deborah Voigt and Dolora Zajick have received awards from the National Council. Annually, approximately 100 former auditioners appear in Metropolitan Opera productions.