Live Audition Season is Over
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The International Singing Competition NEUE STIMMEN takes place every two years.
2024 is our next competition year and at the same time our 20th competition. After a two months application phase including a newly installed video pre-selection process (e-casting), live auditions are held at selected locations worldwide. The best 40 to 45 performers qualify for the final round in Germany.
Winners celebrate their success at the prize-winners concert in Berlin.

Final Round ı October 5-12, 2024

Meet opera movers

The final round of the 2024 competition will take place in Gütersloh from October 5 - 12, 2024. The final concert will be accompanied by the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Darlington.

Application ı November 16, 2023 - February 11, 2024

Grab attention

The application phase for the competition will start on November 16, 2023 (12:00 CET). Information on WHEN, WHO, HOW and MORE will follow in fall 2023

Live Auditions ı Spring to Summer 2024

Showcase your talent

Select your pre-selection city when you apply. You will find which country, city, when and at which opera house auditions will take place in the drop-down from October 2023.

Prize winner concert ı 21 May 2025

Celebrate your success

The prizewinners' concert will take place on May 21, 2025 in Berlin in the Apollo Saal of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

Our experts during auditions and the final round

Competent and committed

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.

Observers during Live Auditions

In addition to our jury, which evaluates the singers, we specifically invite other experts from the scene as observers. In this way, we increase the visibility of our up-and-coming talent in the industry.

Brenda Hurley

Head of the Royal Academy Opera


David Gowland

Artistic Director of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House


Laura Nicorescu

Manager of the YSP Salzburg Festival


Rosemary Joshua

Head of the Dutch National Opera Studio


Damia Carbonell Nicolau

Head of Artistic Affairs of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet


Thomas Lausmann

Director of Music Administration of The Metropolitan Opera

New York

Anush Hovhannisyan

Member of the Board of the National Student Opera Society and the Patron of Opera Caledonia


Annette Weber

Opera Director of the Zurich Opera House


Adrian Kelly

Director of the International Opera Studio at Zurich Opera House


Beata Klatka

Head of the Young Artists Programme and Director of the International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition Teatr Wielki of the Polish National Opera


Christoph Seuferle

Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin


Boris Anifantakis

Artistic Director of the International Opera Studio of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden


Ingo Jander

Opera agent at the ZAV-Künstlervermittlung in Hanover
Orchestra Manager at Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra


Long term partners

... contribute their know how

Many professionals with years of experience in opera making support our singers. In a combined effort the orchestra, the conductor and our pianists provide the contestants with active musical backing.

Our Awards

Promoting and supporting talented young singers


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

People's choice award

a voucher worth 500 Euros

Audio & Video

Recordings during the competiton & Broadcasts in TV and Radio, as well as a Live Stream of the Concert


Contact brokering to general directors of opera companies and festivals as well as to agents, individual coaching units and career coaching seminars, and performances at the prize winners concert.

Review: NEUE STIMMEN Competition 2021/22

Live Audition Season is over

The live auditions for the current 2021/22 competition have been completed. The last audition took place in Milan on December 11. In total, live auditions were held in 12 cities. The final round will take place in Gütersloh from June 26 - 30. The qualified finalists will be presented on our website and social media channels in early 2022.

Applications are closed

The application process for the 2021/22 NEUE STIMMEN competition was open until June 13. Now our jury members Brian Dickie, Sophie Joyce and Evamaria Wieser are screening and judging the submitted application videos. All singers will be informed in late summer whether they are accepted for the live auditions.

The international singing competition NEUE STIMMEN has become one of the most famous opera competitions in the world during the last 30 years. Our care for the young singers does not stop after the award ceremony, master classes, concerts and seminars.
Liz Mohn, NEUE STIMMEN president and initiator