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Behind the Scenes at the 2009 NEUEN STIMMEN Competition

The Bertelsmann Stiftung's International Singing Competition
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25.10.2009 "NEUE STIMMEN" in the city: Posters welcome the competition's up-and-coming performers to Gütersloh
This year the entire city is taking part in the "NEUE STIMMEN" competition. Posters and ads help call attention to the international event.

Photographer: Thomas Kunsch, Bielefeld
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25.10.2009 Participants arrive in Gütersloh
Liz Mohn welcomes young singers from around the world to the 13th "NEUE STIMMEN" International Singing Competition in Gütersloh.

Photographer: Veit Mette, Bielefeld
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25.10.2009 The singers from 24 countries are passionate performers
Participants in this year's "NEUE STIMMEN" competition come from all around the world. They met for the first time in Gütersloh.

Photographer: Veit Mette, Bielefeld
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Liz Mohn, members of the jury and acommpanists celebrate with the contestants who made the cut and will now be participating in the semifinals.
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28.10.2009 The semifinalists have been announced
Liz Mohn, members of the jury and acommpanists celebrate with the contestants who made the cut and will now be participating in the semifinals.

Photographer: Thomas Kunsch, Bielefeld
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Singing coach John Norris with soprano Catalina Cuervo from Colombia.
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29.10.2009 Workshop for participants who did not make it to the semifinals
Singers who will not be participating in the semifinals join a workshop with singing coach John Norris to help them continue developing as performers.

Photographer: Thoma Kunsch, Bielefeld
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Singing coach John Norris rehearses with soprano Catalina Cuervo.
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29.10.2009 Detailed assistance for improving breathing technique, physical posture and mental attitude
Singing Coach John Norris, who holds master classes in a number of locations including Tel Aviv, Antwerp, Brugge and Montreal and who has his own studio in Berlin, helps soprano Catalina Cuervo improve her breathing technique.

Photographer: Thomas Kunsch, Bielefeld
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John Norris rehearses with mezzo soprano Wallis Giunta from Canada.
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29.10.2009 John Norris rehearses with mezzo soprano Wallis Giunta from Canada.
The workshops with John Norris offer practical exercises that help release old patterns and tension.

Photographer: Thomas Kunsch, Bielefeld
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Singing Coach John Norris with Wallis Giunta
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29.10.2009 Singing Coach John Norris with Wallis Giunta
The workshop exposes the young singers to new possibilities.

Photographer: Thomas Kunsch, Bielefeld
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Conductor John Fiore and the Duisburg Philharmonic .
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29.10.2009 Rehearsing with the orchestra in Gütersloh's municipal center.
Conductor John Fiore and the Duisburg Philharmonic work with the young singers on their performances.

Photographer: Thomas Kunsch, Bielefeld
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Together with the orchestra, the up-and-coming opera singers prepare for the semifinal and final rounds.
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29.10.2009 The Duisburg Philharmonic, founded in 1877, is one of Germany's most venerable orchestras
Performing with the Duisburg Philharmonic, the up-and-coming opera singers prepare for the semifinal and final rounds.

Photographer: Thomas Kunsch, Bielefeld
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John Norris assists soprano Lisa DiMaria in improving her breathing technique.
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30.10.2009 The workshop with John Norris continued on Friday
John Norris assists soprano Lisa DiMaria in improving her breathing technique.

Photographer: Thomas Kunsch
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Tenor Alexander Lewis from Australia and singing coach John Norris.
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30.10.2009 The exercises demonstrated by John Norris make it easier for the singer to connect his voice with his body
Tenor Alexander Lewis from Australia discovers new possibilities, thanks to suggestions from John Norris.

Photographer: Thomas Kunsch, Bielefeld
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Soprano Lisa Di Maria with singing coach John Norris.
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30.10.2009 Lisa Di Maria from Canada makes use of the opportunity of working with a new coach
Regardless of the country the singers come from, John Norris has a number of suggestions and pointers.

Photographer: Thomas Kunsch, Bielefeld
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