THE FUTURE OF THE METROPOLITAN OPERA IS A TEXAN? The Grand Finals Concert of the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions — a bigger deal since director Susan Froemke’s 2007 documentary, The Audition — has actually gotten attention in opera circles for more than 50 years. On Sunday, nine young singers competed for five prizes of 15 grand each — having already beaten out nearly 1,500 other contestants. Anthony Tommasini writes in the NYTimes that judges were picking the Met’s future stars (the great Frederica von Stade won it 41 years ago). One of the winners was Nathaniel Peake, a 28-year-old tenor “from a town in Texas with a semingly un-Texan name, Humble.” Ha. Fresh bit of New York humor there — fresh like a 10-year-old latke! (Rimshot.) OK, so Peake sang a little cautiously but he has “a warm, ringing and expressive voice.” And it doesn’t hurt that Peake tied for second in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.
SEE? DALLAS AND FORT WORTH CAN BE FRIENDS! Remember that recent NPR story about the Dallas and Fort Worth high-end art scenes competing with each other for snobbery’s sake? No? Good. Pretend we didn’t mention it. Anyhoosie, the Fort Worth Weekly profiles the two-some who make up the local psychedelic-stoner music band, Eyes, Wings and Many Other Things: Colin Arnold of Dallas and, you got it, Sean French, formerly of Fort Worth. Their new album, Secret Space, should be out in a month or so.
AND JUST TO MAKE THIS AN ALL-SINGING ROUNDUP! Lady Gaga’s making her North Texas debut at the American Airlines Center July 22 (Jimmy Fowler likes her more than Madonna), while Scott Cantrell love-love-loves the Choir of St. Thomas Church, who performed Sunday at Highland Park United Methodist. (They left him “wondering if there’s a finer such group anywhere in the world”).