Experience an unforgettable occasion and listen to the voices of talented young singers from famous opera houses as they compete in the "Stella Maris International Vocal Competition" on board the EUROPA, and choose your personal favourite among these young hopefuls to win the competition.
In 2017, Thomas Quasthoff will cover for Michael Schade as artistic director of the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition. A highly acclaimed singer on stages worldwide, Quasthoff ended his professional singing career in 2012 and has been active as a teacher, reciter, actor and cabaret artist since then.
In May 2011, Helga Machreich-Unterzaucher founded the Machreich Artists Management agency, which she runs independently.
Helga Machreich-Unterzaucher is a regular guest at Singing Competitions such as DAS LIED International Song Competition or Stella Maris International Singing Competition. She also held a lecture about “Artist Management” at the University of Music in Vienna.
Since 2001, Gerald Wirth has been the artistic director of the Wiener Saengerknaben. He is carrying on the choir’s long-established tradition, and has also initiated a range of pioneering projects in connection with children’s operas, world music and film music. Wirth is not just concerned with perfect musical performances; rather, he sees music as a medium that has a positive influence on all areas of one’s personality.
Sid McLauchlan has been a recording producer at the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft since 1995. He has produced more than 200 CDs with, for example, Placido Domingo, Bryn Terfel, Anne Sofie von Otter, Rolando Villazon, Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Hélène Grimaud, Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He has won numerous awards for his productions, including five Grammys, and is a member of the Comitato Scientifico at the Claudio Abbado Foundation.
One Audience Award, three Jury Awards and masses of emotion: the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition gives winners every year a reason to celebrate: a cash prize of 15,000 euros for the Audience Award, coveted guest appearances at international opera houses, plus a test recording with Deutsche Grammophon make this prestigious singing competition so interesting.