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Ihr Wegweiser zum Gesangswettbewerb Neue Stimmen 2017

Laureates: Where are they now?
Sophie Joyce Paterson über die Suche nach Neuen Stimmen
Neue Stimmen (New Voices), a singing competition funded by the Bertelsmann Foundation, looks back on thirty years of success. Every two years, a high-profile jury made up of directors of opera houses and festivals chooses the best young singers and names like René Pape, Marina Rebeka and Franco Fagioli are representative of the many international careers that Neue Stimmen has been involved with over the years.


Initiated in 1987 by Liz Mohn, president of Neue Stimmen and vice-chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition is considered one of the most important international events for young opera talents. The competition allows up-and-coming singers to make contact with jury members, opera house managers and agents.

Neue Stimmen takes place every two years. After a three months application phase, auditions are held worldwide. The best performers qualify for the final round in Guetersloh, Germany. The four main evaluation criteria include technical skill, musical presentation (rhythm, phrasing, expression), vocal quality and artistic personality.

The international jury is made up of experienced professionals, including directors, conductors, pianists, music critics and casting directors, to guarantee the broadest possible understanding of the world of opera and music. Our experts have been working with young singers for many years and promoting opera talents is a cause very close to their hearts.

In cooperation with international partners, Neue Stimmen provides access to training and continuing education opportunities for young singers to encourage their long-term development and to provide them with support along the way. Following the concept of “Creating Careers”, Neue Stimmen contestants have the chance to take part in master classes and attend workshops that help them set up and define career goals and plans.

Entry Conditions

The competition is open to singers of any nationality no older than 28 years (women) or no older than 30 (men).

Candidates must prepare five arias from the compulsory repertoire and will be evaluated in technical skill, voice quality, musical presentation and artistic personality.


The Competition does not charge an application fee. Furthermore, there are no costs for piano accompanists and practice rooms. Costs for travel and accommodation are covered for candidates selected for the final round.


The final round of the competition is scheduled from 19 to 26 October 2019. The semifinal concert will be on 24 October, the final concert on 26 October 2019.

Application phase for the 2021 competition will be from 15 January to 15 March 2021.

For more information, please visit the website of the Neue Stimmen competition.

Deadline15 Jan - 25 Mär 2019
Finals19 - 26 Okt 2019
WhereGütersloh, Deutschland
Age groupsWomen max. 28 years, men max. 30 years

Prize money
Neue Stimmen will award a total prize money of 60,000 Euros to the top three female and three male prize-winners.

First prize: 15,000 €

Second prize: 10,000 €

Third prize: 5,000 €

People's choice award:
The winner receives a voucher worth 500 € for sheet music from the Bärenreiter-Verlag

Audio and Video

  • Videos of audition performance/final round
  • CD of the competition
  • Broadcasting on TV and Radio
  • Livestreaming of the semi-final and the final concerts
  • YouTube video clips from the concert performance during the semi-final and the final concerts

Contacts, concerts, support

  • Contact brokering to general directors of opera companies and festival directors
  • Contact brokering to agents
  • Performance at the Prize Winners Concert in Berlin
  • Performance at Neue Stimmen concerts in Germany and abroad
  • Participation at Neue Stimmen master classes, workshops & career coaching seminars
  • A scholarship from the Liz Mohn Foundation for Culture and Music enabling the recipient to be involved at the international opera studio of the Berlin Staatsoper for two years
Looking back: impressions of the 2017 competition
© Besim Mazhiqi
© Besim Mazhiqi
© Besim Mazhiqi
© Besim Mazhiqi
© Besim Mazhiqi
© Besim Mazhiqi