Metropolitan Opera National Council
Arizona District Winners


Alyssa Martin
Mezzo Soprano
Aslief Willmer

Alan Williams




Colette Roberts
Josephyne Santos
Rehanna Thelwell
Contralto/Mezzo Soprano
Asleif Willmer



Chris Carr
Joseph Lattanzi
Alyssa Martin
Rehanna Thelwell



Calvin Griffin, Bass-Baritone
Recipient of the Julian Fielder Finalist Award
Chris Carr, Baritone
Recipient of the Nando Schellen Finalist Award


Humberto Borboa, Tenor


Andrea Flores, Soprano


Ashleigh Guida, Soprano


David Margulis, Tenor


Matthew Opitz, Baritone

Andrea Shokery, Soprano


Lauren Edwards, Lyric Mezzo-Soprano


Jenina Gallaway, Soprano


Joshua Guerrero, Tenor

Laura Wilde, Soprano




Justin Carpenter, 24, tenor Andrea Flores, 25, soprano
Quentin Oliver Lee, 23, baritone Cameron Schutza, 30, tenor




Opera, its performance and its proliferation has been the driving force in my personal and professional life for the past 34 years. I grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, at the time a virtual cultural desert. Years ago, when I was studying there to be a physician, my collegiate academic advisor asked me: "Gerald, is there anything you can do besides be a doctor?" I answered: "of course there are other things I can do, but there is ONE thing I cannot live without-singing!" To which the advisor replied: "Good! THEN BE A SINGER!". Eventually I majored in music and became a National Winner in the Met National Council Auditions. The Met Auditions made possible for me the following professional accomplishments:

  • I am a tenured professor of music in a major university.

  • I have performed 85 operatic roles in many European and American opera houses.

  • I was the leading baritone of the Breman Opera in Germany for six years.

  • I was the first American to win the Premio Galeffi of the International Verdi Competition.

  • I acquired management first with Columbia Artists and later with ICM Artists.

  • I have appeared at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

  • I have trained many singers who now appear on professional stages.

  • I have started and developed two collegiate opera programs.

  • I have created and now manage a musical theater production company in Lubbock, TX which, in its second year, generated more than $60,000. in Artistic scholarships.

  • I have directed and produced more than 50 productions for various companies and schools, including a world premier music drama.

  • I am now often called upon to judge Met Auditions to find the next great singers.

In retrospect, I consider the Met Auditions to be the defining moment in my singing career and my career in the performing arts. My life changed completely as a result of the event. Even though I have not appeared in a role on the Met stage, the Met auditions opened doors for me when I could not open them myself. The Met staff became personal advisors. The Met credential gave professional emphasis to creative ideas and opinions. The auditions shapes careers to be sure, but in my case, these auditions have shaped a life which is, in turn, doing its part to shape the art form for generations to come. The auditions are most worthy of our attention and support.

Gerald Dolter