Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions

February 25, 2008 12:03:17 PM PST
Five singers 28 and under were picked as winners

Tenor Rene Barbera of San Antonio, Texas; mezzo-sopranos Jennifer Johnson of St. Louis and Daveda Karanas of Mandeville, La.; soprano Simone Osborne of Vancouver, British Columbia; and baritone Edward Parks of Indiana, Pa., were selected after performing Sunday at the Met.

About 1,500 singers participated in the contest. Past winners include Renee Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Stephanie Blythe, Dolora Zajick, Ben Heppner, Thomas Hampson and Samuel Ramey.