This month Pro Musica stages the Metropolitan Opera Auditions for the whole of Mexico when more than 40 singers from all over the country will vie for substantial prize money and the chance to progress through to the Regional Finals of the competition. The Winners of the Auditions, as well as those receiving Encouragement Awards and Pro Musica's own choice of Voice of the Future, will sing at a Winners Concert on Saturday, November 10 at 5 pm at St. Paul's Church on calle Cardo. This will be a unique opportunity for you to see the cream of Mexico's young opera singers in a full length concert of arias, duets and other combinations, accompanied on the piano by the inimitable Mario Alberto Hernandez, one of the most distinguished voice teachers in Mexico, who always draws the very best performances out of those he plays for.
This will be the first voice concert we have staged at St. Paul's for at least four years. Nowhere else in Mexico is there such a wonderful combination of being able to hear opera singers up close and personal in a perfect acoustic with one of the finest pianos in North America. To add to the excitement, Pro Musica has added a Voice of the Future choice to the occasion to acknowledge outstanding potential in a singer whom has not been chosen by the audition Judges to receive an award.
The concert has been sponsored by an anonymous San Miguel resident and, by attending you will also be helping to fund the fees we will be paying to these up and coming singers, who greatly need the means to pursue their careers, where paid professional engagements are few and far between. The concert will also give the singers a vital opportunity to perform in front of a discerning and, I have no doubt, appreciative audience, a very different experience from the production-line feeling of auditions, where they sing for 3/4 minutes with no energizing audience and no applause. This is all vital experience for their developments as performers, not least with a view to them giving of their best at the Met's Regional Finals in New Orleans and, hopefully, on to New York.