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This March 10, 2013 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows the winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals Concert in New York. The winners, from left, Brandon Cedel, Sydney Mancasola, Michael Brandenburg, Rebecca Pedersen, Musa Ngqungwana and Thomas Richards, will each receive a $15,000 grant for further study. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Rebecca Fay) Copyright 2013, The Associated Press

6 young singers top Met auditions


NEW YORK (AP) — From a starting field of nearly 1,500 aspiring opera singers across the country, it came down to 10 — three sopranos, one tenor and six deep male voices — on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House.

The contestants, all in their 20s, got to perform two arias with full orchestra Sunday afternoon, and when it was over, a panel of judges named six of them winners of the 60th annual National Council Auditions.

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