The 23-year-old Soprano Anna El-Khashem from Russia and the 28-year-old Tenor Long Long from China are the winners of this year’s NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. The two singers prevailed against strong competition from around the globe and have significantly increased their chances of enjoying successful careers as opera singers with this award. Both award winners can also look forward to prize money totaling 15,000 euros each.
At the finale in Gütersloh on Saturday, six female and four male singers demonstrated their skills in front of a jury of renowned opera experts and an audience of opera professionals. The top three winners in both the women’s and men's categories received cash prizes worth a total of 65,000 euros. In the men's category there was twice the second place this year and no third place. The other finalists were honored with career advancement prizes for their achievements. The 21-year-old Bass-Baritone Vladislav Buyalskiy from Ukraine won the new introduced Brian Dickie Young Singers Award worth 5,000 euros. The award has been granted for the first time in honour of Brian Dickie’s 20-year commitment as head of the worldwide auditions of NEUE STIMMEN.