Monday, January 7, 2013

Region Finals 2013 "Meet the Judges": Gayletha Nichols

Gayletha Nichols, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, joined the artistic staff of the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2000. She brought to the Met two decades of experience as a singer, teacher and career advisor. From 1992-2000, she was Director of Houston Opera Studio, the young artist development program at Houston Grand Opera, where she created and individualized the training both for singers and pianists. Ms. Nichols auditions hundreds of singers across North America every year and in her travels addresses many universities, conservatories, and festivals on developing the next generation of opera singers. She is a frequent adjudicator in national and international competitions and consults for other young artist programs across the country.


Last year, Ms. Nichols gave OperaIdols the following advice for prospective applicants:

In summary, she advises that the minute you feel ready with your repertoire, get out there and start competing. This will get you the feedback that you need to develop your talent, as it is important to know where you stand against others and a competition is an ideal place for this. 

Additionally, her feeling was that the audience should have been packed with students who aspire to sing on the Met Opera stage (as soloists). So students: please know that your presence is not just welcome but highly encouraged by this judge!

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