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 which includes the up-load of 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 5, 2019.

Preliminary audition round

No. Applicants with incomplete application forms or incorrect information will not be permitted to auditions.

Yes. Only singers who qualify in a preliminary round audition are allowed to take part in the final round in Gütersloh.

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

Yes. Ten days prior to your 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, you will have to pay for these expenses yourself. But we do refund traveling expenses, board and lodging costs to contestants in the final round up to a preset limit. For more details, go to the section headed "Final Round."

About 3 to 4 days after your audition, enter your online application to check on the jury's evaluation and your qualification status.  In addition, we will notify you by email about qualifying or not qualifying for the final round.

We will arrange and pay for qualified piano accompanists and rooms for rehearsals during auditions as well as during the final round. Contestants may bring their own accompanists to preliminary round auditions. But only at their own cost.

Singers must bring with them well prepared piano scores for the five arias they submitted.

Singers should dress smart. Wear something that makes you look good, and allows you to sing and move well. Please do not come in concert or evening attire.

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 rehearse.

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).