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Blugold tenor among grand finalists in prestigious opera competition

| Judy Berthiaume

A Blugold is among the nine grand finalists in the prestigious 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Jonas HackerJonas Hacker — a tenor who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2011 with a degree in music, applied voice — will be among the performers in The Met's National Grand Finals Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13.

As a grand finalist, Hacker, a native of Lake Delton, will perform Sunday with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at the historic Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is one of the most prestigious singing competitions in the United States and is known worldwide for its impact on the career development of promising young opera singers.

Starting with the Auditions of the Air in the 1930s and continuing today, the Auditions have been a defining step in the careers of many of the country's greatest opera stars.

Each year thousands of young artists compete for the chance to sing on the Met stage — and the opportunity to launch their operatic careers, a career path considered by many to be among the most challenging within the performing arts.

Before competing at the national level, performers must first win the competitions held throughout the United States at the local and regional levels.

Information about the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions can be found here.

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Top photo: 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition grand finalists

Photo within story: 2011 UW-Eau Claire graduate Jonas Hacker, one of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition grand finalists.

Photo credit for both photos: Metropolitan Opera