Lawrence University senior Derrell Acon will be one of 18 singers competing in the Upper Midwest Region finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Saturday, Feb. 5 in St. Paul, Minn.

Derrell Acon '11

Acon, a vocal performance and government major from St. Louis, Mo., advanced to the regional competition after being named one of four winners from among 25 singers at the five-state Metropolitan Opera’s district auditions Saturday, Jan. 15 in Lincoln, Neb. A bass-baritone, Acon performed the arias Come dal ciel precipita from Verdi’s “Macbeth” and La calunnia from Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.” He was awarded $1,200 for his winning performance.

At the February regional competition, Acon will compete for a trip to New York City to participate in the March 6 national semifinals competition held at the Metropolitan Opera.