Michael Brandenburg wins Semi-Finals of Met competition and will compete in Grand Finals

BrandenburgThe Jacobs School of Music congratulates tenor Michael Brandenburg, a winner of the semi-final round of the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City. He will perform in the Grand Finals of the competition, which takes place March 10 in a public concert, accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and broadcast nationwide on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Network.

Brandenburg is a  student of Distinguished Professor Noble and was a winner of the Indiana District competition at IU’s Musical Arts Center, Oct 27. He went on to win the Central Region Auditions Nov. 4 in Chicago, before winning the National Semi-Finals March 3 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He is one of ten finalists, selected from more than 1,500 competitors between the ages of 20 and 30.

The Jacobs School was represented by two additional singers in the semi-finals: Tenor Ben Werley, a student of Professor Carol Vaness had previously won the Midwest Region Auditions Jan. 19 in St. Louis. Alumna Hye Jung Lee, a soprano who graduated last year
and won the Gulf Coast Regional Auditions Jan. 6, is a former student of
Professor Costanza Cuccaro.

The jury awards approximately five Grand Winner awards of $15,000 each. The remaining National Finalists receive $5,000 each, and those singers who were National Semi-Finalists but did not advance to the National Finals were given $1,500 to further their studies.

Tenor Michael Brandenburg, a native of Austin, Ind., studied voice with
Joseph Levitt while pursuing an M.S. in Aquatic Biology at Ball State
University. He has studied the roles of Don Jose in “Carmen” and Alfred
in “Die Fledermaus.” He was a 2010 semi-finalist in the Bel Canto
Foundation Competition in Chicago and an Indiana District winner in the
2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is currently
pursuing a Performer Diploma at the Jacobs School of Music and is a fellow of the school.


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