Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Mezzo-Soprano Svetlina Stoyanova from Bulgaria has taken first prize in one of the world’s most prestigious international Singing Competitions.
The 26-year-old Mezzo-Soprano Svetlina Stoyanova from Bulgaria won the NEUE STIMMEN competition in its anniversary year. She will receive an award of €15,000 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 Duisburg philharmonic under the direction of English conductor Graeme Jenkins accompanied the singers during the final concert.
This is the second internationally renowned opera success for the Royal Conservatoire, its students and alumni this year. In June, Scottish mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison became the first British Isles winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
Stephen Robertson, Head of Vocal Studies at the Royal Conservatoire, said:
“This is very splendid win for Svetlina. The prizes are substantial and the professional opportunities which follow are invaluable.
“What makes this all the more pleasing is that this is a singer who we have seen through her undergraduate days, her initial master’s course and now the Alexander Gibson Opera School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I am really delighted and very proud of Svetlina and our Vocal department, – that we can spot such talent even when they are relatively unformed, and then carry them through to the pinnacles of professional preparation.
“Svetlina has developed steadily to the lovely engaging singer which she has become. She has always been a very sunny, positive, and delightful personality, highly responsive to the training and influences which RCS has provided. She deserves this great success very much because she has always understood that her innate talents needed to be underpinned by very hard work and excellent preparation.”
These 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.”