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Insights of the jury

Brian Dickie, Head of Auditions and member of the jury of NEUE STIMMEN writes in his Blog about his daily opera life and activities with NEUE STIMMEN. Find out more about his side of the story here.



The International Singing Competition NEUE STIMMEN, initiated in 1987, takes place very two years. In 2015 the sixteenth competition will be held.

Apply online starting 5 January 2015.

Ablauf Wettbewerb 2015

The competition is set up in three phases:

Application Phase

During the first three month of the competition year, from January 5 to March 31, 2015, singers are invited to submit their online applications.

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Preliminary Round Auditions

Preliminary round auditions are scheduled around the globe from April to August 2015. Singers make a clear choice for one place to audition in their online application.

Final Round

Following world wide auditions the final round of the competition is held in Gütersloh in October 2015. All singers that have qualified during auditions will be invited to participate in the final round.

Final Round

The final round is divided into 4 phases:

Auditions with piano accompanyment

On the first two days of the final round in Gütersloh, on October 19th  and 20th 2015, all particpants have auditions accompanied by piano in front of the jury. Thereafter the semifinalists are being announced.

Semi-final concert

During the semi-final concert on 22 October 2015 at the Stadthalle Gütersloh the semifinalists are accompanied by orchestra. The people's choice award, a special prize made exclusively by the audience, is awarded that night. At the end of the concert, the finalists are announced by the jury.  


The final concert with orchestra is held on 24 October 2015 at the Stadthalle Gütersloh. The prize-winners are announced at the end of the concert. 

Prize winners concert in 2016 in Berlin

In spring 2016 prize winners of the 2015 competition will perform in front of a exclusive audience in Berlin. The prize-winners commit themselves to particpate in this concert, it is part of the competition.