Competition

Discovering Talents

Frequently Asked Questions

Entering the competition

Please contact the competition office: 
Tel.: 0049-(0)5241-81-81171, Fax: 0049-(0)5241-81-681171, 
Mail: info(at)neue-stimmen.de

To enter NEUE STIMMEN, all you have to do is complete the online application incl. an official proof of your date of birth. Please do not submit tapes or any other material of this sort.

You will receive an e-mail informing you whether or not you have been admitted to the preliminary round auditions before or until April 12, 2017.

Preliminary audition round

The organizers reserve the right to exclude certain applications. Incomplete application forms or incorrect information can result in exclusion from the competition.

Yes, only those who qualify in a preliminary round audition are allowed to take part in the final round in Gütersloh.

You can change the city of your preliminary round audition in the online application form until 20 days before your audition date. After that, the city selected is binding.

Yes. Ten days prior to the audition, invitations are sent. These invitations include links to confirm or to decline the given date and time. In case, you are not available at the given slot, please click "decline" and ask for another one. It depends on the general schedule for each audition whether we can follow your wishes. We reserve the right to deny your request for changes.

No, NEUE STIMMEN refunds traveling expenses and board and lodging costs only for contestants in the final round, and then only up to a preset limit. You can find out more about this in the section headed "Final Round."

About 3 to 4 days after auditioning each contestant can check his qualification status in the online application form. In addition, each contestant will be notified by email about qualifying or not qualifying for the final round.

During auditions and the final round the organizers will arrange for official piano accompanists and rooms for rehearsals. Both are free of charge. Contestants may bring their own accompanists to preliminary round auditions. But only at their own cost.

Singers must bring the piano scores for the repertoire submitted with them.

Singers should dress appropriately, although they are not expected to wear evening wear.

During preliminary round auditions, each contestant performs 1 or 2 arias from the submitted repertoire. The first aria may be chosen by the singer, the second one (if requested) will be chosen by the jury.

 

No. Only the jury, the pianist and the contestant are allowed to be in the room where auditions take place.

Friends and family members are welcome, but will not be allowed to enter the room where auditions take place.

Punctuality is essential. You should arrive to auditions at least one hour before you are due to perform. Only then will you have sufficient time to register and to rehease.

Repertoire

You can change the repertoire you selected in your online application form until 20 days before your audition date.

Yes. No new repertoire is required for the final round.

During preliminary round auditions, each contestant performs 1 or 2 arias from the submitted repertoire. The first aria may be chosen by the singer, the second one (if requested) will be chosen by the jury. When auditioning during the final round, up to 3 arias from the submitted repertoire may be performed. The first piece will be chosen by the singer, the other arias by the jury. During the semi-final, 1 aria from the submitted repertoire will be performed (chosen by the jury). During the final, 2 arias from the submitted repertoire will be performed (chosen by the jury).

No. All 5 arias must be taken from the NEUE STIMMEN compulary repertoire.

Final round

About 3 to 4 days after auditioning each contestant can check his qualification status in the online application form. In addition, each contestant will be notified by email about qualifying or not qualifying for the final round.

No. The Bertelsmann Stiftung will organize and bear your traveling expenses (only up to a present limit) and board and lodging costs for the final round. The Bertelsmann Stiftung will bear only the costs of the hotel rooms it reserves and will not bear any incidental hotel costs (telephone, fax, laundry service, mini-bar etc.)!

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.

NEUE STIMMEN will refund traveling expenses only upon submission of receipts, photocopies via e-mail are preferred. Contestants must always opt for the shortest distance between the competition venue and their place of residence.

The organizers will provide free of charge official accompanists and rooms to rehearse during the final round. Contestants may not bring their own accompanist to Gütersloh!

Singers must bring the piano scores for the repertoire submitted with them to the final round.

Yes. But they must pay their own traveling expenses and board and lodging costs. Please let us know if you intend to bring a friend or family member with you.

No, the final round is not open to the public and only agents, music directors and representatives of the music business are admitted to the room where auditions take place. The semifinals and finals, however, take place in front of a large audience. Please let us know if you intend to bring a friend or family member with you.

Yes, NEUE STIMMEN will bear the costs for board and meals for all final round participants until the competition is over.

Evening wear is recommended for all those competing in the final round, while concert wear is obligatory for both the semifinals and finals.

When auditioning during the final round, up to 3 arias from the submitted repertoire may be performed. The first piece will be chosen by the singer, the other arias by the jury. During the semi-final, 1 aria from the submitted repertoire will be performed (chosen by the jury). During the final, 2 arias from the submitted repertoire will be performed (chosen by the jury).