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Press Release 10/15/2017

Svetlina Stoyanova and Cho ChanHee win 2017 NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition

Gütersloh – October 15, 2017. Svetlina Stoyanova, Mezzo-Soprano from Bulgaria and Bass Cho ChanHee from South Korea are the winners of the NEUE STIMMEN competition in its anniversary year. The two singers will receive a cash award of €15,000 each and an outstanding opportunity to pursue a career as an opera singer. On Saturday, five up-and-coming female singers and five rising male singers competed in the finals. The top three female and top three male performers received cash awards totaling €60,000. Additional prizes were awarded to the other finalists. read more

Besim Mazhiqi

Press Release 10/05/2017

NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition celebrates 30th anniversary and further develops support for young opera singers

Gütersloh – October 5, 2017. For 30 years, the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition has served as a springboard and renowned platform for exceptionally talented next-generation singers. Initiated in 1987 with the goal of discovering well-trained young artists, above all in Europe, the competition has grown rapidly in the last three decades: In its first year, 36 singers applied to participate, while 1,430 contestants from 76 countries registered to take part in this year's anniversary event. Moreover, during the 17 competitions held, over 15,000 young talents have applied to participate. As the world of opera has grown increasingly international, NEUE STIMMEN has also continued to develop, with preliminary auditions, which are led by members of the NEUE STIMMEN jury, now taking place around the globe. In 2017, they were held in 24 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Riga, Shanghai, London, Toronto, Moscow, Cape Town, Sydney and Berlin. Over the last three decades, 962 singers from  preliminary round auditions have been invited to Gütersloh for the final round. read more

Besim Mazhiqi

Press Release 08/23/2017

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 04/27/2017

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 01/23/2017

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 09/04/2015

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

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