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Published on Feb 6, 2015
Susan Owen, soprano. John Fiore, conductor. The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra: Met Audition Winners 1990 in Concert on April 1, 1990 . Radio Broadcasting - private live recording from an old audio music cassette The New York Times wrote: The singers were chosen for this concert, the 36th in an annual series, from 2,500 entrants through auditions conducted in the United States, Canada and Australia. This year's winners range in age from 24 to 33, and all but Miss Shin are Americans. Five are sopranos, four mezzo-sopranos; one is a tenor, one a baritone. In addition to appearing in this concert, which was broadcast live on WNYC-FM and which will be distributed to stations nationwide, each receives a grant of $10,000. Susan Owen of Salisbury, N.C. and New York City produced a strong, clear tone throughout her range and gave a stirring account of ''Ebben? Ne andro lontana'' from Alfredo Catalani's ''La Wally". It is worrisome to wonder why so few promising male singers survived this competition. Those who did survive, moreover, did not approach the caliber of the best women. Undoubtedly given minimal rehearsal time, John Fiore conducted the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in generally workmanlike accompaniments. (by James Oesterreich, April 8, 1990). Among the judges were Regina Resnik, Gail Robinson, Joan Dornemann, James Morris, John Fiore, Charles Riecker, among others.