Masterclass 2020

Encouraging talents

As part of this one-week Masterclass, the singers who are most deserving of support are given the opportunity work under the instruction of international artists to improve their vocal performance, musical expression, song interpretation, stage presence and other musical skills such as self-management, networking and interview training.

Musical film of Masterclass participants

L'amour de loin - Love from a distance

October 26–30 2020

Digital Masterclass 2020

During this year's NEUE STIMMEN International Master Class, experienced experts will work on their skills together with the nominated singers in online courses for the first time.

Each singer will receive an individually customized timetable with individual and group coaching. Joint warm-ups and an evening exchange about the newly experienced and learned complete the master class days.

What will the digital working method be like?

Each of our international participants will be provided with a personalized timetable. This makes it possible to participate from all over the world. In specially created virtual rooms, the singers exchange ideas with each other or work one-to-one with the coaches. For our participants it is also possible to "hospitate" virtually and learn from each other.

What is the content of our workshops an coaching sessions?

Our singers not only work on voice and breathing techniques, interpretation and expression, they also receive valuable input in acting, mental training and bodywork. Our coaches respond to singers' questions on how to start a career and they provide information about their own experiences in the opera business. Several workshops deliver know-how on social media, streaming platforms and video formats. Others deal with issues concerning auditions agencies, castings and repertoire. 

How does a sense of togetherness emerge?

The individual, interpersonal interaction is an important aspect of our masterclass. We start the working week with a virtual welcome dinner together with all participants and coaches. Each morning all singers start the day off with a daily group warm-up and guided physical and mental exercises. Each evening, all meet again in a relaxed atmosphere during a call-out and exchange new learnings and experiences of the day. During joint activities such as cooking or game evenings, they can learn about country-specific features from each other' s home countries and grow together as a group.  

Where can we see the singers in action?

During the masterclass, ensemble pieces from various operas will be worked on musically and scenically. The individually recorded voices will be put together to form a film which will capture the artistic results and give an impression of the digital master class week. Using professional editing and video technology, a scenic-musical group work and a digital keepsake of the week is created.

I have learned so much. Not only about marketing [...], but above all about myself as an artist. What is important, where do I want to go, how can I achieve that.
Jakob Kunath
Masterclass participant

Masterclass 2020: Interview with Liz Mohn

The week was so well organised and so much fun. I learnt so much and it was inspiring to connect with so many different people especially during these difficult times. You really put together such a wonderful schedule for everyone.
Aebh Kelly
Masterclass participant

October 26 - October 31, 2020

Training for voice & personality

During the International Masterclass of NEUE STIMMEN experts with years of experience work with nominated singers on their skills.

Vocal and Breathing Technique

Our teachers will work together with you on the resonance, tone and strength of your voice using special exercises and selected literature. They will also be able to give you valuable tips from their many years of professional experience.

Interpretation and Expression

How do I convey emotion with my voice? How do I find my own interpretation of an aria? How do I pass on my spark to the audience? These are all questions you will engage with as our teachers coach you on your pieces for the final concert.

Body Work and Mental Training

Mind and body work together as one entity. Our experienced trainers will coach you in both body and mind, helping you learn how to reliably call upon your abilities, even if you suffer from stage fright, and how to experience your own personal moment of excellence.

Self-management and Career Development

We will connect you with a partner from our extensive network, who will be able to advise you on any questions you may have about your career, including questions about networking, analyzing strengths and weaknesses, agencies, auditions and marketing.

Who can participate in the Masterclass?

The participants of the Masterclass are being nominated by the jury during the final round of the singing competition.

Therefore, your application for the competition is also a chance for being part of the Masterclass. It is not possible to apply directly for the Masterclass

The jury may also recommend outstanding talents from the pre-selections directly for the Masterclass, even if they have not been invited to the final round in Gütersloh.

Some impressions