LEAH GISELLE FIELD —Audition season is upon us, and students at the ends of their degree programs are knee-deep in application packages for opera company young artists programs, graduate study, competitions, and summer programs. One of the competition highlights for senior UBC Opera students is the first round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, taking place at the Vancouver Academy of Music on Sunday, 6 November. Several of us will be singing this year in the hopes of moving on to the second round of competition in Seattle, then the semi-finals in New York City, and ultimately the finals on stage of the Met, supported by their world-renowned orchestra. Each singer comes to the first round of competition with five arias prepared, chooses what they’d like to sing first, and then waits to see what the panel will ask for next. From that sample of two arias judges will choose which singers move on to the next round of this prestigious competition. Come out to support UBC Opera talent and see who’ll move forward in the footsteps of UBC Opera alumni Rhoslyn Jones, Phillipe Castagner, and of course, Simone Osborne —who will be singing the lead role of Juliet in Vancouver Opera’s upcoming production.