Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo has won second prize (women) and €10,000 at the 2017 NEUE STIMMEN Competition.
26-year-old mezzo-soprano Svetlina Stoyanova from Bulgaria and 24-year-old bass Cho ChanHee from South Korea are the winners of the NEUE STIMMEN competition in its anniversary year. The two singers will receive a cash award of €15,000 each and an outstanding opportunity to pursue a career as an opera singer.
On Saturday, five up-and-coming female singers and five rising male singers competed in the finals. The top three female and top three male performers received cash awards totaling €60,000. Additional prizes were awarded to the other finalists. The Duisburg philharmonic under the direction of English conductor Graeme Jenkins accompanied the singers during the final concert.
These are the winners of NEUE STIMMEN 2017:
- 1st prize, €15,000: Svetlina Stoyanova, Mezzo-Soprano (Bulgaria, born in 1991)
- 2nd prize, €10,000: Emily D’Angelo, Mezzo-Soprano (Canada, born in 1994)
- 3rd prize, €5,000: Zlata Khershberg, Mezzo-Soprano (Russia, born 1990)
- 1st prize, €15,000: Cho ChanHee, Bass (South Korea, born in 1992)
- 2nd prize, €10,000: Johannes Kammler, Baritone (Germany, born in 1988)
- 3rd prize, €5,000: Mingjie Lei, Tenor (China, born in 1988)
NEUEN STIMMEN is a career springboard
1,430 contestants from 76 countries registered to take part in this year’s anniversary event of NEUE STIMMEN. 39 talents have qualified for the final round in Gütersloh. 16 female and male singers participated in the semifinals.
Liz Mohn, president of NEUE STIMMEN and vice-chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, expressed how proud she is of the NEUE STIMMEN success story. “Over the last 30 years, the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition has become one of the world’s best-known opera competitions. It has also produced the most careers. For us, it’s especially important not only to discover new talents, but to provide them with ongoing advice and support over the long term. The help we give young singers doesn’t end with the competition, master classes, concerts and seminars. We remain in contact with most of the participants,” Mohn said.
“Like their peers in the past, this year’s winners have the chance to realize their dream of becoming a professional singer.”
Liz Mohn, president of the NEUE STIMMEN and vice-chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board