For the second year in a row, a Pittsburgh-based singer has advanced to the final rounds of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Tenor Juan Jose de Leon, who is in the Pittsburgh Opera's Resident Artist training program, won the Great Lakes Region Auditions in Buffalo Sunday (Jan. 13). He moves on to the semi-finals that take place on the stage of the Met in New York on March 3. If he wins, it is off to the Grand Finals Concert March 10th.
Last year, Pittsburgh-based Andrey Nemzer made it to the finals and he is covering "Julius Caesar" at the Met this season.