The final round of the 2021/2022 NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition will feature 36 opera talents from 21 countries. From June 26 to 30, the contestants will have a possibly one-time opportunity to demonstrate their talent and stage presence to opera-house managers, festival directors, music agents and talent scouts. In NEUE STIMMEN's 35th year, the final round's conclusion and high point will once again be the final concert on Thursday, June 30, which will take place with orchestral accompaniment before a live audience in Gütersloh's Stadthalle. As in past years, it will also be possible to follow the final concert live on the website www.neue-stimmen.de beginning at 7 pm. In addition, social media users can visit NEUE STIMMEN's Facebook and Instagram channels to learn more about the talented singers and happenings behind the scenes.
The 19th edition of the competition has been a very special event for the NEUE STIMMEN team, since promoting new talent has taken on enormous importance given the cutbacks in the cultural sphere due to the pandemic. "Unfortunately, in the last two years, we’ve been able to directly experience music's beauty and power far too rarely," says Liz Mohn, president of NEUE STIMMEN. "The restrictions have been a burden for young singers in particular, since they’ve been unable to demonstrate their talent. We shouldn't underestimate how crucial performing and interacting with colleagues is for the personal and professional development of young singers. It was therefore very important for me that NEUE STIMMEN should continue to offer them the possibility of realizing their dream of an opera career, even in such difficult times. Now we can look forward to these interesting young people inspiring us with their impressive voices."