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Boston Conservatory alumnus Matthew Grills (B.M. '10) was one of five winners of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions at the Grand Finals Concert held on Sunday, March 18 in New York City. He and the other four winners, who were chosen from nine finalists, each received a cash prize of $15,000.

Grills, who studied with Patty Thom, chair of the Conservatory's voice and opera department, performed two arias: "Ah! Mes Amis!"  from Donizetti’s opera La Fille du Regiment, an aria which, with nine high Cs, has been called "the Mount Everest for tenors;" and "Tradito! Schernito" from Mozart’s opera Cosi fan Tutte. 

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The auditions are held annually in fourteen regions of the United States and Canada. Nearly 1,500 singers entered this year's Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, which are considered the most prestigious in North America for singers seeking to launch an operatic career.  Past winners include many of the world's foremost singers, including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Jessye Norman, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, Deborah Voigt and Dolora Zajick.

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