Experience the classical headliners of tomorrow

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.

When eight world-renowned opera houses recommend their greatest young singers for the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition, you can look forward to music of the highest calibre on board the EUROPA and vote to decide who should receive the Audience Award. Competing against one another on three concert evenings in the genres of opera, oratorios and lieder, these up-and-coming opera singers demonstrate just why the Oper Frankfurt, the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Lyric Opera of Chicago value and promote their talent.

Jury chairman - Thomas Quasthoff

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. 

Helga Machreich-Unterzaucher

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.



Gerald Wirth

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

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.

The stage is set for an outstanding career

2016 winner

Soprano Anush Hovhannisyan from Royal Opera House Covent Garden is this year's winner of the Stella Maris Vocal Competition and won not only the Audience Award, but also a test recording with Deutsche Grammophon.

Valda Wilson - soprano

Winner of the Audience Award in 2012.

Jong Min Park - bass-bariton

Winner of the first competition, held in 2009.

Will Liverman - bariton
Winner of the Audience Award 2015.

Nora Friedrichs - soprano

Winner of the Audience Award 2014.

Nadine Sierra - soprano

Winner of the Audience Award 2011.

John Chest - bariton

Winner of the Audience Award 2010.

Hila Fahima - soprano

Winner of the Audience Award 2013.

Talents 2017:

  • Jennifer Davis (Soprano) - Royal Opera Covent Garden
  • Khanyiso Gwenxane (Tenor) - Semperoper Dresden
  • Mingjie Lei  (Tenor) - Salzburger Festspiele
  • Galeano Salas (Tenor) - Bayerische Staatsoper
  • Efrain Solis (Bariton) - San Francisco Opera 
  • Elizabeth Sutphen (Soprano) - Oper Frankfurt


You will experience the "Stella Maris International Vocal Competition" on the following cruises:

MS EUROPA: Up-close with the masterpieces of Iberia

From Bilbao to Nice

25.10.2017 to 07.11.2017 (13 days)

To the cruise

MS EUROPA: Culture and cuisine along Europe's west coast

From Bilbao to Hamburg

12.06.2018 to 26.06.2018 (14 days)

To the cruise