“Neue Stimmen” 2015: Eleven Finalists – Eleven Winners
The best of the best new voices of 2015 have now been chosen: 23-year-old French soprano Elsa Dreisig and 28-year-old Belarussian bass Anatoli Sivko, both of whom received First Prize. At the end of October, 11 finalists sang in the crucial final round of the “Neue Stimmen” competition in Gütersloh. And all of them can be considered winners. After all, if they continue to work hard, each can look forward to a high-profile career in the world of opera.
Are these the opera stars of tomorrow? As finalists in the “Neue Stimmen” competition, they can all consider themselves winners, since “Neue Stimmen” is known to be a stepping stone to the world’s most acclaimed opera houses. We’re therefore excited to see what comes next. This picture shows the singers who performed during the final round on October 24, 2015, as well as the event’s organizers: (left to right) tenor Dashuai Chen (Special Prize), baritone Jung Rae Kim (Special Prize), lyric baritone Luthando Qave (Special Prize), soprano Mariia Bochmanova (Special Prize), lyric soprano Camila Titinger (Special Prize), “Neue Stimmen” President Liz Mohn, host of the finals Holger Noltze, soprano and “audience favorite” Elsa Dreisig (First Prize & Audience Award), Jury Chairman Dominique Meyer, bass Anatoli Sivko (First Prize), soprano Miriam Albano (Second Prize), mezzo-soprano Bongiwe Nakani (Third Prize), tenor Lukhanyo Moyake (Third Prize) and, last but not least, tenor Darren Pati (Second Prize). If you would like to see and hear more, a video of the final round is available on the “Neue Stimmen” website.
China and South Africa sent the largest contingents of singers to this year’s competition. Three from the latter country made it to the final round, where mezzo-soprano Bongiwe Nakani and tenor Lukhanyo Moyake gave compelling performances. Both took home Third Prize.
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