Performing Arts Leader Lesley Koenig Congratulates Winners of the National Council Auditions for Metropolitan Opera

Lesley Koenig extends her congratulations to Rebecca Pedersen and the other five winners of the National Council Auditions for Metropolitan Opera.

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New York, New York (PRWEB) March 19, 2013

[Lesley Koenig, a highly regarded professional in the performing arts industry, congratulates the six winners of the National Council Auditions for Metropolitan Opera. An extremely competitive experience, this event is incredibly important both for the renowned Metropolitan Opera and the individuals involved, as an article posted by The Salt Lake Tribune explains that almost 100 alumni of this competition are invited to sing at the Met during its season. One of the standout winners of the 2013 event was Rebecca Pedersen, a 21-year-old from Salt Lake City, Utah.

According to the article, Pedersen and her five fellow winners beat out over 1,800 other contestants across the United States. One of the youngest individuals to win the competition over the course of its 60 year run, Pederson started her journey at district auditions. She then moved on to the Rocky Mountain Region Finals and, after winning at this event, performed at a closed competition to vie for a spot as an auditions finalist. She advanced as one of the 10 finalists in the competition and emerged as one of its six winners. The piece she performed during the Grand Finals Concert was "Pleurez, pleurez mes yeux," a performance from the 1885 opera "Le Cid" by Jules Massenet.

Lesley Koenig is proud to see that the next generation of opera performers is strong in talent and determination. "If I were to tell you that working as an artist is easy it would be a lie," Koenig comments, "but I can say in all honesty that it is incredibly rewarding. I applaud the talent and perseverance that Pedersen and her fellow winners have demonstrated, and I encourage them to continue to call upon their passion for opera and their drive to achieve their goals as they build their careers in this competitive industry."


An arts professional, Lesley Koenig has over 35 years of experience in senior executive performing arts management and opera stage direction. Lesley Koenig has acted as a stage director for opera in the leading houses and festivals around the world for nearly 20 years and was offered the position of stage director at the renowned Metropolitan Opera when she was 23 years old. Koenig took a sabbatical to attend Stanford University, where she earned two master's degrees in 2001. After returning to her career, Koenig acted as the general manager of San Francisco Ballet, assistant manager and director of production at the Metropolitan Opera, and fellow at Stanford University's Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. Koenig is known for her insight regarding the performing arts industry and lectures at the Stanford Business School, the Harvard University for the Office of the Arts, and the University of California, Berkeley. Her presentations cover multiple relevant topics, including strategic management and labor negotiations. In February of 2013, Lesley Koenig directed Samson et Dalila at the San Diego Opera.


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