(L to R) Nicolette Book, Jacqueline Piccolino, Emmett O’Hanlon, judges Melissa Wegner and Brian Speck, 2nd place – Jessica Faselt, 1st place – Hunter Enoch
(Photo and info courtesy of Metropolitan Opera National Council – Mid-South Region)
The auditions for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Mid-South Region were held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Germantown Performing Arts Center in Germantown, TN.
The first place winner who advances to the MONC semi-finals in New York next month is baritone Hunter Enoch. Enoch received a prize of $5800. Enoch is a Tennessee native who studied at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where he took his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music.
The second place winner was soprano Jessica Faselt, who was a winner from the Middle/East Tennessee District.
There was a tie for the third place prize: Emmett O’Hanlon, baritone, and Jacqueline Piccolino, soprano. An Encouragement Award went to Nicolette Book, soprano.
The judges were Brian Speck from the Houston Grand Opera and Melissa Wegner of the MET National Council.