Philadelphians win at the Met

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Three of six winners in the Metropolitan Opera's 2013 National Council Auditions are students at Philadelphia schools.

Bass-baritone Brandon Cedel, 25, studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, and is set to graduate in May. Lyric coloratura Sydney Mancasola, 25, is a resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts, as is South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana (pictured).

On Monday at 7 p.m., the winners will perform a concert of operatic excerpts at WQXR with Met star and former National Council winner bass-baritone Eric Owens. You can watch and listen here.

Winners receive $15,000 each, and are given some important exposure. Among those whose talents were first spotted at the National Council Auditions are Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham and Thomas Hampson. Nearly 1,500 singers tried out this year.

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