Congratulations to French mezzo soprano Virginie Verrez who was one of five young singers to win this year’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, America’s most prestigious singing competition. The programme is designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The final took place on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera on Sunday 22 March 2015 and Virginie joins an illustrious list of former winners, among them Renée Fleming, Latonia Moore, Susan Graham, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Thomas Hampson, Jessye Norman, Samuel Ramey and Frederica von Stade. Still a student at the Juilliard School, Virginie looks forward to important and debuts with both the Santa Fe and Dallas Operas. Bravo !