From the Stage to the Pit

From the Stage to the Pit

The Metropolitan Opera season goes from September to May, with no break except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, with each musician playing four performances per week of some 25-30 operas per season. So why would anyone who had a "regular" job in a symphony orchestra chose to move to an opera orchestra, and more specifically, the MET Orchestra?

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Auditioning for the MET Orchestra

Auditioning for the MET Orchestra

Every orchestra uses a slightly different system to make sure that they find the right person for the job, and to make that process as painless as possible for both auditioner and auditionee. The MET Orchestra is no exception. We take a great deal of pride in running the fairest, most effective auditions we can. I sat down with Rob Knopper, percussionist, and Boris Allakhverdyan, principal clarinetist, to discuss their experiences in this unique system of interviewing for a dream job.

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