Competition

Discovering Talents

Frequently Asked Questions

Online application

The application for the 2021 competition is complete when you have filled in the online application and uploaded all the necessary documents: Proof of birth, headshot and video recordings of two opera arias. Find all information regarding the online application here: neue-stimmen.de/en/competition/how-to-apply

All information about the two videos that have to be submitted can be found on this page: neue-stimmen.de/en/competition/how-to-apply

 

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If you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email. Please also check your spam folder.

You will receive an e-mail informing you whether you have been admitted to the live auditions in summer 2021.

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

 

 

The arias MAY be taken from the compulsory repertoire of the competition, but it is not a requirement!

Live auditions

No. Based on the video auditions, the jury decides on the admission to a live audition. Incorrect information can also lead to exclusion from the competition.

Yes you do. Participation in one of the live auditions is manadatory to qualify for the final round.

No. By submitting your online application, you have decided on a location for your live audition.

No, not for live auditions.

But for participation in the final round, travel and accommodation costs are reimbursed by the Bertelsmann Stiftung up to a certain amount. You can find more details on this under the topic "Final round".

About 2 weeks after your live audition, you can retrieve the jury's evaluation and your qualification status in your online application.   In addition, we will notify you by email about qualifying or not qualifying for the final round.

No. We provide an official piano accompanist for all live auditions as well as rooms for warming-up free of charge. Own pianists are allowed at the live auditions at their own expense after prior consultation with us.

We recommend that you wear appropriate clothing to your live audition, in which you feel comfortable and which shows off your type well. Please do NOT come in concert or evening attire.

At the live audition you will perform 1 or 2 arias from the submitted repertoire. You choose the 1st aria yourself, the 2nd aria (if requested) is chosen by the jury. The jury may interrupt the performance at any time or shorten it due to time constraints.

 

No. Only the jury, NEUE STIMMEN staff, pianist and singers are allowed in the room where live auditions are taking place..

Punctuality is essential. You should arrive to auditions at least one hour before you are due to perform.

Yes, all participants will be allocated a short time slot (max. 15 minutes) in which they can have a short rehearsal with the pianist. The requirement for this is punctual appearance on site.

Repertoire

- 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 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

Yes, but applicants who qualify for the final round have the opportunity to adjust their repertoire selection in advance - but always within the framework of the compulsory repertoire.

Live audition: 2 arias max.

 

 

 

audition final round: 3 arias max.

 

 

 

semifinal: 1 aria

 

 

 

final: 2 aria

No. All arias must be taken from the compulsory repertoire of the NEUE STIMMEN. The arias must be performed in the original language and in the original key in all rounds.

Final round

After the live audition, each singer can check the qualification for the final round with his/her personal password in the online application after approx. 2 weeks. All singers will also receive a notification by e-mail.

Generally not. The Bertelsmann Stiftung will provide accommodation and meals for the duration of the entire finals week. In addition, costs for arrival and departure will be reimbursed up to a certain amount. The Bertelsmann Stiftung will not pay for additional hotel expenses (telephone, fax, cleaning, minibar, etc.) or for accommodation in self-selected accommodation (hotels, holiday flats, AirBnBs, etc.). Likewise, any costs for accompanying persons are not covered.

 

NEUE STIMMEN will refund the traveling expenses after the final round in Gütersloh as follows:

  • up to EUR 1,000 for contestants from Asia, Australia, South Africa, North and South America
  • up to EUR 500 for contestants from Eastern Europe
  • up to EUR 250 for contestants from Western Europe.

For the reimbursement of travel expenses, which will take place after the final round in October, a form must be filled out and all relevant receipts submitted, which are welcome to be sent by e-mail. When planning the journey, the shortest distance between the venue in Gütersloh and the participant's place of residence must be followed.

No. Own pianists are not permitted for the final round. The organiser will provide official piano accompaniment and rehearsal facilities free of charge for the final round.

Yes. Please be aware that the Bertelsmann Stiftung will not cover the travel, accommodation and meal costs of accompanying persons. Please inform us if you intend to bring accompanying persons. Families are not expected to stay at the event venue or in the singers' accommodation.

Partial. The auditions for the final round are not open to the public. Only agents, artistic directors and other invited representatives of the opera industry are admitted.

 

Semifinals and finals are public and take place in front of an audience.

 

Please inform us if you intend to bring accompanying persons, as each person will need a ticket on site.

Yes, even after dropping out of the competition, we are happy for all finalists to stay in Gütersloh until the end of the competition. The Bertelsmann Stiftung will therefore cover the costs of accommodation and meals for all finalists until the end of the competition. There will also be planned activities for the former participants.

For the auditions at the finals it is recommended to wear elegant clothes. Concert dress is compulsory for the semi-final and final concerts. It is recommended to bring two to three different dresses to choose from, one of which should be a long black dress if possible, respectively a dark suit, dinner jacket or tailcoat with matching footwear (ideally patent leather shoes).