We are still waiting for world about how Afton Battle did in the National Semi-finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. But something interesting popped up when I put the name of the auditions into Google News a few minutes ago. The top story was about contralto Meredith Arwady, a contralto who advanced out of the Kentucky district in 2003 to win at the national level. Arwady's hometown paper, the Kalamazoo Gazette, profiled her today, talking about her quickly rising star in the opera world. She is currently singing the role of Mistress Quickly in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Falstaff.
Click here to read the Gazette story, and we'll post as soon as we know something about Afton.