In case you missed it … ahem … ICYMI … University of Kentucky graduate Reginald Smith Jr. became one of nine finalists Sunday in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. He will perform with the other eight finalists in the Met Auditions’ grand gala concert on the Met stage, with the Met Orchestra, at 3 p.m. Sunday.
I thought you might like to see the official finalists photo (above) the Met sent out today. Here’s a quick look at the finalists with the regions they won in and their hometowns, as supplied by the Metropolitan Opera:
Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone (Western Region: Mobile, Alabama); Jared Bybee, baritone (Middle Atlantic Region: Modesto, California); Marina Costa-Jackson, soprano (Middle Atlantic Region: Salt Lake City, Utah); Allegra De Vita, mezzo-soprano (New England Region: Trumbull, Connecticut); Joseph Dennis, tenor (Eastern Region: McKinney, Texas); Kathryn Henry, soprano (Upper Midwest Region: Sheboygan, Wisconsin); Reginald Smith, Jr., baritone (Southeast Region: Atlanta, Georgia); Deniz Uzun, mezzo-soprano (Central Region: Mannheim, Germany, currently living in Bloomington, Indiana); and Virginie Verrez, mezzo-soprano (Eastern Region: Brive La Gaillarde, France, currently living in New York, New York).
Watch this space, as we hope to have more on Reggie’s Met run later this week.