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Italian and French Opera to Grace Roussel Hall

Posted: Jan. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

The walls of Loyola University's Roussel Hall in New Orleans will ring with the sound of Italian and French opera starting January 5th in a two day competition that will bring a different sort of flavor to the cultured southern city including nearly 1,500 singers from around the country.

New Orleans loves singers, including the kind that belt in French and Italian, filling halls without the aid of PA systems or electronic tweaking. Thatís why youíll hear lots of cheering at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, which return to Loyola Universityís Roussel Hall on Jan 5 and 6.

So whatís the attraction for listeners who could stay home, play some scratchy old opera LPs and tell you about the time they saw so-and-so at La Scala? First, itís the thrill of a live voice getting tested, of youth rising to the occasion, of judging the local field in a competition that attracts about 1,500 singers around the country. Plus, there are the bragging rights you get as an audience member by scouting the next generationís superstars before the rest of the world.

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