MHS grad wins Met Opera contest

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Patience is a virtue for most, but absolutely essential for an opera singer. Just ask McNary High School grad Daniel Ross. “I’m getting old enough that it is about time to start trying the bigger competitions. It seemed like the right time so I went for it,” said Ross, one of two Oregon District winners in the annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The contest is the most prestigious opera competition in the country and the final winner receives a job with the New York Metropolitan Opera for its upcoming season. He’ll compete in the regional qualifier, slated Jan. 10, in Seattle. The finals will be held next March. Ross, a 27-year-old tenor, has been pursuing a career in opera since his high school days. “I had some natural talent and teachers who were able to direct me toward opera,” Ross said. “I just happen to have a particular talent and a rare voice type. Very few people are capable of making the sounds that I make and, even on stage with a symphony, my voice is trumpet-like and will still rise above the instruments.” After graduating from McNary, Ross earned a bachelor’s degree in music and went on to graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati. While there, he was a featured singer in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s performance of George...

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