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Guide to the 2017 Neue Stimmen Competition




Who is eligible to apply?

• Singers of any nationality

• Women up to 28 years of age

• Men up to 30 years of age

What do you need to prepare?

• Five arias from the compulsory repertoire

What are the evaluation criteria?

•Technical skill & Voice quality

• Musical presentation & Artistic personality

What expenses will you encure?

• No application fee

• No costs for piano accompanists and practice rooms

• No costs for travel & accommodation during final round

For more information, please visit the website of the NEUE STIMMEN competition.


12 - 14 October 2017


Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 NEUE STIMMEN competition


1st prize (€15.000): Svetlina Stoyanova, Mezzo-soprano

(Bulgaria, *1991)

2nd prize (€10.000): Emily D’Angelo, Mezzo-soprano

(Canada, *1994)

3rd prize (€5.000): Zlata Khershberg, Mezzo-soprano

(Russia, *1990)


1st prize (€15.000): Cho ChanHee, Bass

(South Korea, *1992)

2nd prize (€10.000): Johannes Kammler, Baritone

(Germany, *1988)

3rd prize (€5.000): Mingjie Lei, Tenor

(China, *1988)

Soprano Samuel Mariño (Venezuela, *1993) won the People's choice award at the semi-finals.

International Singing Competition NEUE STIMMEN

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. Past participants include internationally renowned singers such as Christiane Karg, Nathalie Stutzmann, Marina Rebeka, Michael Volle, René Pape and Franco Fagioli.

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 top three female and three male prize-winners are awarded a total prize money of 60.000 Euros. In addition, special money awards are given to selected finalists.

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. Current jury members include Dominique Meyer, Brian Dickie, Gustav Kuhn, Sophie de Lint, Helmut Deutsch, Elisabeth Sobotka, Bernd Loebe, Juergen Kesting, Eva Maria Wieser and Christoph Meyer.

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.

Name and vocal range

Cho, ChanHee - Bass

D’Angelo, Emily - Mezzo-soprano

Kammler, Johannes - Baritone

Khershberg, Zlata - Mezzo-soprano

Lei, Mingjie - Tenor

Nilsson, Christina - Soprano

Rudyk, Olga - Soprano

Smiljanić, Božidar - Bass-baritone

Sokolov, Petr - Lyric baritone

Stoyanova, Svetlina - Mezzo-soprano

Nationality and year of birth

South Korea, 1992

Canada, 1994

Germany, 1988

Russia, 1990

China, 1988

Sweden, 1990

Ukraine, 1993

UK, 1989

Russia, 1987

Bulgaria, 1991


Click to see how past participants are doing now, and where they're performing.

Christiane Karg,2007

Nathalie Stutzmann, 1987

Marina Rebeka, 2007

Michael Volle, 1991

René Pape, 1989