Met Opera ‘Audition’ Winners, 6 Years After

December 11th, 2013

The New York Times | By journalistic tradition, where-are-they-now stories tell of people whose 15 minutes of fame are up. But the reshowing of The Audition, Susan Froemke’s documentary about a competition for young opera singers, on Sunday at noon on Great Performances at the Met on Channel 13, offers an opportunity for a different kind of update. Ms. Froemke’s 2009 film chronicled the grueling final rounds of the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, in which some 1,800 singers competed for six $15,000 prizes and a chance to catch the ears of the opera world. So where are they now? With the heartbreaking exception of Ryan Smith, a well-liked tenor who won but died of lymphoma before the film’s release, the winning singers are all performing at the Metropolitan Opera and other major opera houses.