Discovering talents

Between the competitions

The prize-winners concert of the 2017 competition will be held in Berlin on May 23, 2018.

Celebrate your success

A look back on NEUE STIMMEN 2017

How to manage your own career

NEUE STIMMEN focuses on discovering and supporting the world's best singers and helping them both in terms of artistic and personal growth. Our contestants had the opportunity to work with a variety of renowned coaches to help them jump start their own careers.

Meet the next generation of opera stars!

16 singers have been chosen to sing in the semi-final concert of the 2017 NEUE STIMMEN competition.

Show your voice!

in the next two days our contestants will showcase their voices in front of our international jury. We are excited to find out who will make it to the semi finals!

The singers have arrived!

40 singers, 26 nations, 1 picture - The singers have finally all arrived in Gütersloh and the final round has started. We wish all our contestants the best of the luck in the coming days!


The International Singing Competition NEUE STIMMEN takes place every two years.
2019 is the next competition year. After a three months application phase auditions are held
world wide. The best performers qualify for the final round in Germany. Winners celebrate their success at the prize-winners concert.


Grab attention

The online application process for the next competition will start on 15 January 2019.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Women up to 28 years of age, *October 15, 1990 or later
  • Men up to 30 years of age, *October 15, 1988 or later

What are the evaluation criteria?

  • Technical skill & Voice quality
  • Musical presentation & Artistic personality

What do you need to prepare?

  • Five arias from the compulsory repertoire

What expenses will you encure?

  • No application fee
  • No costs for piano accompanists and practice rooms
  • No costs for travel & accommodation during final round

Auditions ı April – August 2017

Showcase your talent

Auditions will be held from April to August 2019 at more than 20 locations world wide. Detailed information in regard to dates and venues will be made available in fall 2018.

Below please view detailed information on all dates, venues and members of the pre-selection jury.

Well meant tips


Make sure your scores are properly prepared. Pianist and Jury will be more than thankful.

Dress code - no rags, no tails

You should choose appropriate clothing for auditions. Show respect and wear something that makes you feel comfortable. Ask yourself: Do I look smart? Can I really walk in these shoes?

Punctuality - not just a German virtue!

Everybody involved - jury, pianists, your fellow competitors and our team suffer, when you are not on time. Will leave an unnecessary, negative image.

No Shows

If you can not come to your audition, regardless why, inform us. No shows are most irritating, cost time and money and leave YOU in a bad light.

Final Round ı October 2017

Meet opera movers

The final round of the 2019 competition will be held in Germany in October 2019. The semifinal and final concert will be accompanied by the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

October 8, 2017 - 11:00 o'clock Piano rehearsal Stadthalle
October 9, 2017 - 10:30 o'clock Auditions Stadthalle
October 10, 2017 - 10:30 o'clock Auditions Stadthalle
October 10, 2017 - 16:00 o'clock Announcement of semi-finalist Stadthalle
October 11, 2017 - 11:00 o'clock First orchestra rehearsal semi-final Stadthalle
October 11, 2017 - 18:00 o'clock Second orchestra rehearsal semi-final Stadthalle
October 12, 2017 - 11:00 o'clock Dress rehearsal semi-final Stadthalle
October 12, 2017 - 19:00 o'clock Semi-Final Concert Stadthalle
October 13, 2017 - 11:00 o'clock First orchestra rehearsal final Stadthalle
October 13, 2017 - 18:00 o'clock Second orchestra rehearsal final Stadthalle
October 14, 2017 - 11:00 o'clock Dress rehearsal final concert Stadthalle
October 14, 2017 - 19:00 o'clock Final Concert Stadthalle

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

Winner of the people's choice award receives a voucher worth 500 Euros for sheet music from the Bärenreiter-Verlag.

Audio & Video

Each participant receives recordings of the audition round and the competition CD. The finalists also get YouTube video clips from their semi-final and final concert performances.


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.

Our experts in 2017

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.

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.