MEET MEXICO'S OPERA STARS OF TOMORROW

Laffont Competition 2022-23 Calendar

2021 Winners

Congratulations to these nine singers recognized in our fourth annual Mexico District MetOpera Audition:

Alejandro Luévanos
Tenor
Winner
Efraín Corralejo
Tenor
Winner
Mayela López
Mezzosoprano
Winner
Cecilia Eguiarte
Soprano
Winner
Zulema Vergara
Soprano
Winner
Damaris Lezama
Soprano
Winner
Carlos Velázquez
Tenor
Encouragement Award
Jennifer Mariel
Soprano
Encouragement Award
Angélica Mata
Mezzosoprano
Encouragement Award


In our four short years of auditions in San Miguel de Allende we have already placed five singers in some of the most competitive young artist programs in the United States:

YUNUET LAGUNA, 2018 audition winner, completed three years in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera in April, 2022. She made her solo debut on the Met Opera stage in March,2022, in the role of Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. She next performs solo roles with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and with the National Opera Company of Chile.

DENIS VELEZ, 2018 & 2019 audition winner, is in her third year in the Ryan Opera Center young artist program of the Chicago Lyric Opera.

In our second year, 2019, she went on to the semi-final and final audition rounds of the Competition on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera and on March 1, 2020, became the first Mexican Singer ever to be named a national winner of the MetOpera National Council auditions.

She made her mainstage debut at the Chicago Lyric Opera in September, 2021, in the role of Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore.

Our 2019 & 2020 singer, soprano JIMENA MONTSERRAT, entered the master’s degree program in opera performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX, in August, 2021.

Our 2020 & 2021 winner, tenor ALEJANDRO LUEVANOS, will begin his first year in the Ryan Opera Center of the Chicago Lyric Opera in May, 2022.

Our 2018 & 2021 winner, tenor EFRAIN CORRALEJO, will enter the Resident Artist Program of the Minnesota Opera in August, 2022.


OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM ALL AND OURTHANKS TO ALL THE GENEROUS SPONSORS OF THESAN MIGUEL METOPERA TRUST!!!!

DISCOVER METOPERA TRUST

The VISION of the San Miguel MetOpera Trust is to achieve international recognition for outstanding young Mexican opera singers congruent with the level of their talent.

The Metropolitan Opera National Council (MONC) invited Mexico to become its 41st audition district in 2017, making it possible for MONC to say, for the first time, that its auditions would soon be held across all of North America. The first Mexico District auditions took place in November, 2018 , the second in November, 2019 , and the auditions will continue annually.