Due to the ongoing worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, there will be changes in the competition. Find all important news here!

Competition News

Even in times of Covid-19 we would like to provide young opera singers with perspectives and continue to offer them a chance for support. We strive to continue to create the best possible conditions for a qualitatively good competition. For us it is important to send a signal of continuity to you young artists, starting with the organization of the selection procedures this year. The health and safety of the singers, jury members, staff and project partners are the top priority in the planning.

The extended application phase is intended to give you more time to record the arias live and with piano accompaniment in accordance with the applicable hygiene rules.

In view of the longer selection process and in order to enable more talents to participate, the age limit for the upcoming competition will be raised to 31 years - consistently for all applicants (due date: March 31,1990).

Live auditions will be moved to the upcoming autumn/ early winter. If in-person performances are not possible, auditions will be held in a virtual format. Exact dates and venues will be announced at a later date. The final round will be held in the spring of 2022.

Find all the important info summarized in bullet points below. The latest news are always at the top:

May 25, 2021

New Deadline for applications: June 13, 2021


April 29, 2021


We can confirm the dates for the final round in Gütersloh next year



March 5 - 13, 2022

Feburary 10, 2021

Schedule changes for every round

Round ONE
Online applications/ Video audition: January 1 to May 31, 2021

Round TWO
Live auditions: Autumn till early winter

Final round in Germany: Springtime 2022

Age limit

All singers of all nationalities working towards a professional opera career born on

March 31, 1990 or later are welcome to apply. 


If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch.