Hear aspiring opera singers working their way up the ladder at the Metropolitan Opera national council auditions for Western Washington and Alaska, at 10 a.m. Sunday at Benaroya Hall.

Renée Fleming and Jessye Norman had to come from somewhere, you know. They, like many other superstars of the Metropolitan Opera, were found through the Met Opera’s national council district audition system. Hear aspiring Violettas and Wotans at the Western Washington and Alaska Met Opera auditions at 10 a.m. Sunday at Benaroya Hall, Nordstrom Recital Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $10-$15 (425-678-8774 or www.nwauditions.com). Audience members can come and go between sets.

Melissa Davis, Weekend Plus editor