The Met Comes Calling August 22, 2017 Clips, News Connections, the Diocese of Southern Ohio’s newsletter, reports: Before becoming an Episcopal priest, the Rev. Ed Payne was an opera singer. He made his debut singing for the Metropolitan Opera Company in a production of Porgy and Bess. … Now some 27 years later, the Met is bringing back a production of Porgy and Bess for its 2019 season, and Payne has been invited to audition for a role. His audition date is Tuesday, Sept. 19. Related Connections published a lengthier article about Fr. Payne in its April-May 2014 edition [PDF].