The objective of NEUE STIMMEN to offer young opera talents around the world new prospects for their careers even – and especially – during the coronavirus pandemic has been very well received. A total of 1,367 young singers from 67 countries applied to participate in the 19th edition of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s international singing competition, a figure on the same high level as previous years. The sustained interest is noteworthy, since applicants were required to submit videos this year for the first time, an undertaking that often required considerable effort. Based on the videos and on additional information – such as age, vocal range, training and stage experience – the jury used a uniform evaluation system to select those applicants for the next round that they consider to be the most promising: 549 talents, who will now have the chance to demonstrate their abilities during a live audition.
The live auditions begin on September 28 and are a trademark of the NEUE STIMMEN brand. Events are planned for 12 cities in Europe, the United States and South Africa: Amsterdam, Berlin, Cape Town, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris and Zurich. Whether the jury members will be able to be present in person will depend on the relevant pandemic-related conditions in the individual countries and cities. As an alternative, the auditions can also take place via livestream, something that is already planned for Cape Town. However, the objective remains to hear as many singers in person as possible. The auditions will conclude on December 7 and 8 in Munich. All dates can be found on the neue-stimmen.de website.