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Gütersloh, 28/10/2009

Twelve participants make the cut to participate in "NEUE STIMMEN" International Singing Competition semifinals

Liz Mohn (center) celebrates with the up-and-coming singers who made it past the initial round in Gütersloh and into the semifinals.
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Liz Mohn (center) celebrates with the up-and-coming singers who made it past the initial round in Gütersloh and into the semifinals.
Photographer: Raimund Vornbäumen, Gütersloh

Some 1,140 up-and-coming opera singers from around the globe first auditioned for the "NEUE STIMMEN" International Singing Competition, with 41 invited to continue competing this week in Gütersloh. Of those, 12 have now been chosen to participate in the semifinals on Friday, October 30, 2009. That's when the judges will decide who will take to the stage on Saturday for the final concert in this year's competition.


The following have been chosen to participate in the semifinals of this year's NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition:

Mariana Carnovali, mezzo soprano, Argentina, *1987
Andriana Chuchman, soprano, Canada, *1982
Rachel Frenkel, mezzo soprano, Israel, *1981
Daniel Johansson, tenor, Sweden, *1980
Pavel Kolgatin, tenor, Russia, *1987
Mikhail Korobeynikov, bass, Russia, *1979
Eunju Kwon, soprano, South Korea, *1985
Anna Princeva, soprano, Italy, *1980
Luthando Qave, lyric baritone, South Africa, *1986
Kihwan Sim, bass, South Korea, *1983
Narine Yeghiyan, soprano, Armenia, *1981
JunHo You, tenor, South Korea, *1980

The following have been chosen to participate in the 2010 "NEUE STIMMEN" International Master Class:

Giuseppina Bridelli, mezzo soprano, Italy, *1986
John Chest, lyric baritone, United States, *1985
Catalina Cuervo, soprano, Colombia, *1981
Sofia Gordeladze, soprano, Georgia, *1983
Chia-Ling Ho, soprano, Taiwan, *1983
So Young Park, soprano, South Korea, *1986
Iurii Samoilov, lyric baritone, Ukraine, *1988
Cigdem Soyarslan, coloratura soprano, Turkey, *1983
Yuan Zhang, soprano, China, *1987

"The singers who perform for us have usually traveled far to get here," said Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board and president of the NEUE STIMMEN competition. "They are hopeful and have great expectations for what will be a very special week in their lives. I'm always pleased to see young people devoting their lives to music, singing and opera. And I am proud to have the chance to support these young talents and to follow the paths they take over the course of many years." Her participation in today's event marks her first public appearance since the death of her husband, Reinhard Mohn, on October 3, 2009.


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