Executive Director of the National Council Auditions
Melissa Wegner joined the artistic staff of the Metropolitan Opera in 2011 and currently serves as Executive Director of the National Council Auditions (MONCA). Additionally, she hears artists in stage and screening auditions at the Met and is responsible for casting the Met’s New Opera Commissions workshops. Ms. Wegner has adjudicated the Belvedere Competition, the SAI Vocal Competition, the McCammon Voice Competition and this summer she judged the inaugural Nicola Martinucci Competition in Italy.
A faculty member of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Ms. Wegner has also been visiting faculty for Bard College’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program and is a frequent guest speaker at conservatories, universities and summer festivals. She worked at New York City Opera as a supertitles coordinator and continued this work on a freelance basis with organizations including Carnegie Hall, BAM, Lincoln Center, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Wegner is a member of Families of FANA WNY, which supports the orphanage in Colombia from which she was adopted. She is a Trustee of the Foundation Board of SUNY Potsdam, an Advisory Board Member of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and a founding member of its Vocal Arts Program Alumni Association. Ms. Wegner holds degrees from Bard College, The Manhattan School of Music, and The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.