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 – Michael Schade

Leading tenor, chamber music singer, and classical music connoisseur – as artistic director of the Stella Maris musical cruise, Michael Schade is a man of many talents. Something that benefits both the jury and competitors. The world-famous lyric tenor has performed at opera houses including the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera and Milan’s La Scala.

Each year, the best in their field join Michael Schade, tasked with discovering and rewarding the greatest young talents. Jury 2018:

Ronald Adler
Tillmann Wiegand
Sid McLauchlan

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

2018 winner

Mikołaj Trąbka from Opera Frankfurt/Opernstudio 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.


Galeano Salas - Tenor

Winner of the Audience Award 2017.

Nora Friedrichs - soprano

Winner of the Audience Award 2014.

Nadine Sierra - soprano

Winner of the Audience Award 2011.

Anush Hovhannisyan - Sopranistin

Winner of the Audience Award 2016

Hila Fahima - soprano

Winner of the Audience Award 2013.

John Chest - bariton

Winner of the Audience Award 2010.

Will Liverman - bariton

Winner of the Audience Award 2015.

Valda Wilson – Sopran

Winner of the Audience Award 2012.

Jong Min Park – Bassbariton

Winner of the first edition 2009.

Talents 2018:

  • Danika Loren (Sopran) - Canadian Opera Company/Ensemble Studio
  • Sam Sakker (Tenor) - Royal Opera Covent Garden/Jette Parker Young Artists programme
  • Mikolaj Tabka (Bariton) - Oper Frankfurt/Opernstudio
  • Carolina Lippo (Sopran) - Theater an der Wien
  • Valentina Stadler (Mezzo) - Salzburger Festspiele /Young Singers Project
  • Ann Toomey (Sopran) - Lyric Opera Chicago

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


Cultural city-hopping at the Mare Balticum

from Kiel to Hamburg

from 02.09. to 14.09.2019 (12 days)
cruise numer: EUR1918

to the cruise