NEUE STIMMEN 2021 WHEN? WHO? HOW? And MORE…

BEFORE you apply please read all our requirements, rules, and regulations carefully!

If there are any schedule changes due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we will provide timely information.

Competition dates:

Round ONE
Online applications: January 1 to March 1, 2021

Round TWO
Live auditions: April until August 2021

Round THREE
Final round in Germany: October 2 to October 10, 2021

Who can apply?

  • singers of all nationalities working towards a professional opera career

  • female singers up to the age of 28 years / born October 10, 1992 or later

  • male singers up to the age of 30 years / born October 10, 1990 or later

How to apply?

Online applications are built up in 7 steps and must include the following information:

  • Personal data and your choice for an audition city in round two

  • Repertoire for round two (5 arias from the compulsory repertoire)

  • Education

  • References      

  • NEW: Video recordings of 2 opera arias 

  • Copy of passport or ID with photo and date of birth (no driver’s licence)

  • Copy of head shot

    NO application fees are raised!

    Only complete applications with correct information will be accepted.

     

Video requirements:

Repertoire:

Applicants must submit video recordings of 2 opera arias which adhere to the following requirements:

  • Both arias must be opera, but from two different operas

  • Both arias must represent contrasting musical styles

  • Both arias must be sung in different languages, always in the original language as written

  • Both arias must be sung in the original keys as written

  • Both arias must represent the same voice type/ fach

  • Both arias must be sung completely, if applicable with the accompanying recitative

  • Both arias must be sung from memory

Technical demands:

  • Both videos must be specifically recorded for the NST 2021 competition, existing video material cannot be used

  • Both videos should be recorded between November 2020 and March 2021 

  • Both videos must be in an MP4-format

  • Each aria must be recorded in a single take; each take should be recorded within the same recording session at the same location

  • Do not edit the sound of the videos after recording! 
     
  • Recordings must be made entirely live, only with piano accompaniment

    (no pre-recorded backing tracks, no orchestra accompaniment)

  • Watch our tutorial video “How to produce a good audition video” before you start. This tutorial shows you step by step how to produce your own audition video
    Find the checklist from the video here: 

     

    Download Checklist

    Watch our tutorial video

     

Repertoire requirements for live auditions:

For round TWO applicants must choose 5 arias from the compulsory repertoire which adhere to the following requirements:

Three arias from three of these four periods

  • period 1: 1600 – 1750
  • period 2: 1750 – 1830
  • period 3: 1830 - early 20th century
  • period 4: 20th century

and additionally two arias from different operas, periods freely selectable. One of these two arias may be chosen from operetta.


All selected arias must be prepared in their entirety, in the original language, in the original key, and with accompanying recitative.

 

See compulsory repertoire

Good to know for live auditions:

  • Piano accompanists and practice rooms will be provided at no cost to all participants (the use of warm-up rooms depends on the current hygiene measures at the event location of each venue - we will keep you informed)
  • Costs for travelling to live auditions will not be covered
  • During live auditions, each singer will perform one or two arias from the submitted repertoire - the first aria may be chosen by him/herself, the second one (if requested) will be chosen by the jury 
  • The arias must be performed from memory
  • For information on the evaluation process:   

 

Go to evaluation

New York

Los Angeles

Zurich

Berlin

Amsterdam

Frankfurt

Paris

London

Milan

Munich

Moscow

Cape Town

Additional information:

  • An immediate qualification to the final round is not possible

  • Incomplete applications or incorrect information will lead to disqualification

  • The organizer reserves the right not to accept all applicants

  • NEUE STIMMEN Prize-Winners are NOT eligible to apply again

  • Prize-Winners (1-3 prize) commit to participate in the prize-winner’s-concert in spring 2022 in Berlin

 

 

 Jury and Artistic Team

 

Organization

 

Awards 

Any questions?

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