UNCG Alumna, Gretchen Krupp, Chosen to Audition at The Metropolitan Opera
The College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG announced today that Gretchen Krupp BM ’15 is a Grand Finalist in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and will compete this Sunday in New York City.
Krupp is just one of 8 singers, chosen from across the country and Canada through a series of district and regional competitions, to be able to audition on the stage of Lincoln Center, accompanied by The Metropolitan Opera orchestra.
While at UNCG, Krupp, a Mezzo-Soprano, performed in over 10 operas and studied with Dr. Carla LeFevre, professor of voice. Through the years, Dr. LeFevre’s students have distinguished themselves as winners in state and regional Metropolitan Opera auditions, but this is the first time that one of hers has made it to the top of the competition.
This year UNCG had a total of 4 district winners in the MET Opera Auditions. In addition to Gretchen Krupp, the university congratulates:
Matthew Reese, MM ’13, current DMA candidate, student of Robert Bracey: two-time District Winner
Lyndsey Swann, MM ‘17, student of Clara O’Brien: first-time District Winner
Shelley Mihm, MM, ’17, student of Carla LeFevre,: two-time District Winner
Megan Callahan, BM ‘16 student of Carla LeFevre: District Encouragement Award
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions take place in 42 Districts and 12 Regions throughout the US and Canada. Started in 1954, the annual competition has helped launch some of opera’s greatest stars. Some notable past winners include Renee Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Thomas Hampson, Eric Owens and Frederica von Stade.