How do you get to the Metropolitan Opera? Like the old joke about Carnegie Hall: Practice, practice, practice! But there’s a lot more involved in making a career in opera.
You can get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to become an opera star in a new documentary,
. The movie follows singers competing in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a competition that rewards the winners with cash and a chance to go on the Met stage, and has launched many singers’ careers.
The documentary is hosted by Renée Fleming. Check out a trailer on the Met Opera’s Web site.
In West Virginia, The Audition will be shown in Morgantown on Sunday April 19 at 3pm. After the movie, The Met will also broadcast a panel discussion with opera singers Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, and Susan Graham.
I have four pairs of free tickets to give away! If you are interested, either leave a comment on the blog or send an email to email@example.com with “Classically Speaking” in the subject.