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Besim Mazhiqi

Press Release 08/22/2017

Three decades of NEUE STIMMEN: 42 opera talents to compete in anniversary-year final round

Gütersloh – August 23, 2017. Forty-two young opera singers from 26 countries have successfully competed in the preliminary auditions for the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. They have been invited to participate in the event's final round, which will be held from October 7 to 14, 2017, in Gütersloh. "We have discovered young opera talents from a wide range of cultures and nations. What they share across all linguistic and cultural borders is their talent and passion for opera. The NEUE STIMMEN final round will allow them to measure themselves against each other while continuing their artistic and personal development," said Liz Mohn, president of NEUE STIMMEN and vice-chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board. read more

Besim Mazhiqi

Press Release 04/26/2017

Gütersloh-based NEUE STIMMEN opera competition more international than ever in its anniversary year

Gütersloh – April 27, 2017. Worldwide interest among up-and-coming opera singers for the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition continues to grow. This year, 1,430 singers from 76 nations applied to participate. "The large number of applications is impressive proof of how many young opera talents recognize and are making use of the opportunity that the competition offers," said Liz Mohn, president of NEUE STIMMEN and vice-chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board. "I am indeed a little proud to see the continued high level of recognition given to the international singing competition with its professional and fair conditions, and how it serves as an important bridge between peoples, religions and cultures." read more

Besim Mazhiqi

Press Release 01/22/2017

NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition: Application phase has begun

Gütersloh, January 23, 2017. Nadine Sierra, who won first prize at NEUE STIMMEN 2013, is now a successful and established singer in the international opera world. Last season alone, she made a string of successful debuts with the Berlin State Operas, the Met and La Scala, and the American soprano recently signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon and Universal Music Classics in the US. This year once again, young singers from around the world have the chance to lay the foundation for their own successful career by taking part in the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. The deadline for applications is March 31. read more

Besim Mazhiqi

Press Release 10/25/2015

Elsa Dreisig and Anatoli Sivko are the winners of the International Singing Competition NEUE STIMMEN 2015

Gütersloh, October 24, 2015. Each singer will receive €15,000 in award money and tremendous career opportunities. Eleven finalists (five female, six male) performed at the final concert held Saturday night in Gütersloh. A total of €60,000 was awarded to the top three finalists in both the male and female categories. Each remaining finalist received a development prize.     read more

Jan Voth

Press Release 09/03/2015

Singers from 30 countries chosen for final round of NEUE STIMMEN 2015

Gütersloh – September 3, 2015.  Forty-six opera singers have qualified to participate in the final round of the 2015 NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. A total of 1,318 young opera talents applied to perform in the preliminary auditions held in 26 cities worldwide, from Berlin to Melbourne. The competition’s week of semifinals and finals will take place from October 17 to 24 in Gütersloh.  read more

Jan Voth

Press Release 04/14/2015

NEUE STIMMEN 2015: 1,318 applications from around the world

Gütersloh, April 14, 2015. A total of 1,318 young opera talents have applied to participate in the 16th NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. The preliminary auditions, which are being held at 26 locations around the world, will begin on May 7 in Yokosuka, Japan, followed by dates in Beijing, Cluj-Napoca and Melbourne. Auditions will be held at two locations in Germany: Munich (June 13–14) and Berlin (June 20–21). The maximum age for participants has been lowered for the 2015 competition to 28 years for female singers and 30 years for male singers. By clearly focusing on younger performers, the competition offers up-and-coming artists the opportunity to demonstrate their talent and develop it further. read more

Thomas Kunsch

Press Release 02/02/2015

NEUE STIMMEN 2015: Application process begins for young opera talents

Gütersloh, January 30, 2015. Up-and-coming opera singers from around the world have until March 31, 2015, to apply to participate in the Bertelsmann Stiftung's NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. The finals will be held from October 18 to 25, 2015, in Gütersloh. As was the case for the last competition two years ago, Dominique Meyer, director of the Vienna State Opera, will serve as the jury chairman. The top three female and male singers will share €60,000 in prize money, including two €15,000 first-place prizes. A People's Choice Award will also be given. In addition, singers who are selected to participate in the finals will have the opportunity to meet with opera house managers, festival directors and agents, and each will receive individual feedback from the jury. read more

Photo: Jan Voth

News Item 09/01/2013

Forty-one opera talents from 24 countries qualify for final round of NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition

Forty-one opera singers have been selected to participate in the final round of the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. A total of over 1,400 young talents applied to compete in the preliminary-round auditions held in 22 cities around the globe, from Berlin to Beijing. The final round of the 2013 competition will take place from October 6 to 13 in Gütersloh. read more

Source: Jan Voth

News Item 04/09/2013

NEUE STIMMEN 2013: 1,428 applications from around the globe

A total of 1,428 up-and-coming opera singers have applied to participate in the Bertelsmann Stiftung's 15th NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. Held across the globe, the preliminary round auditions will begin on April 21 in Melbourne, followed by auditions in New York, Toronto and Chicago. Applicants have 22 venues to choose from. Preliminary auditions in Germany will take place in Munich (June 1–2), Berlin (June 11–12) and Düsseldorf (June 13–15). read more

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