From Beijing and Sydney to Rome, New York, Buenos Aires and Cape Town: After three months of preliminary auditions on 6 continents and in 26 cities the participants of the NEUEN STIMMEN 2015 are selected. 46 young Opera talents have qualified for the final round, which starts at October 17 in Gütersloh.
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. The competition's week of semifinals and finals will take place from October 17 to 24 in Gütersloh.
This year the final-round participants come from 30 countries. The largest group is from Russia, with five singers, followed by China and South Africa, with four singers each. The next largest contingents are from South Korea, Georgia, Mexico, Japan, Ukraine and Germany, with two singers each. That means 22 women and 24 men will participate in the final week of the 16th NEUE STIMMEN competition, representing all vocal ranges. A total of €60,000 in prize money will be awarded to the top three male and female singers. The youngest competitor is 20 years and the oldest is 30 years old. Please find more information about the participants at www.neue-stimmen.de.
The Duisburg Philharmonic, under the direction of Graeme Jenkins, will accompany the semifinals and finals. Dress rehearsals for the two events will take place on October 22 and 24 from 11 am to 2 pm. The dress rehearsals are open to the public. Up to 18 singers will perform during the semifinals, which will be hosted by journalist and television personality Holger Noltze. Tickets for the semifinals are available from the Service Center at Gütersloh Marketing GmbH and online at www.stadthalle-gt.de and www.eventim.de. Tickets for the finals are no longer available. Both the semifinals and finals will take place at the Stadthalle Gütersloh and will be streamed live online.
Increased commitment to young singers
In keeping with the motto "Creating Careers", the Bertelsmann Stiftung will be increasing its commitment to the young singers through three steps: discovering, promoting and supporting.
The international competition makes it possible to discover up-and-coming talent. Individual coaching by opera-world professionals supports young performers as they focus on their career and making a name for themselves. Assistance is ensured over the long term through ongoing support and feedback. Just as importantly, a closely knit network of opera house managers, event organizers, agents, instructors and finalists allows key players from the world of opera to enter into dialogue with each other.
Concert appearances by young talents
The young talents are also supported through appearances at concerts and other events. In a first-time partnership with the Ruhrtriennale arts festival, three NEUE STIMMEN artists will accompany the festival. In addition, Jurgita Adamonyte, a NEUE STIMMEN prizewinner from 2005, will be singing the role of Flosshilde in the Ruhrtriennale’s production of Das Rheingold, which will premiere on September 12.
Two participants in the 2009 NEUE STIMMEN competition – first-prize winner Eunju Kwon (member of the ensemble at Nationaltheater Mannheim) and Iurii Samoilov (member of the ensemble at Frankfurt Opera) – will sing arias and duets on September 4 in Halle (Westphalia) at this year's summer concert organized by the state of North Rhine–Westphalia.
In addition, four up-and-coming singers will perform on December 10 at the invitation of the German Embassy in Washington, DC. The event will be hosted by Renée Fleming.
Finally NEUE STIMMEN singers will appear again this year on the television program Stars von Morgen (Stars of Tomorrow), which is produced by broadcasters ZDF and arte and hosted by Rolando Villazón. The program is currently scheduled for broadcast in December.