Derrell Acon Wins Metropolitan Opera District Audition

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.