Utah State University alumna accepted into Metropolitan Opera program

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Utah State University alumna Mary-Jane Castleton Lee has been accepted into the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

"I couldn't dream of a better young artist program," said Lee, who begins the program in September, in a press release. "The Metropolitan Opera has some of the finest teachers and coaches in the country. I couldn't imagine a better place to help me train and further my talent."Lee graduated from USU with her bachelor's degree in vocal performance in 2008. After graduating, she applied for the master's opera program at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Texas, and was one of two sopranos accepted.While at Utah State, Lee studied under Cindy Dewey, associate professor in the Department of Music.Created in 1980, the Lindemann Young Artist Development program focuses on identifying and developing talented young artists in opera.