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07.09.2023: Baritone Yancheng Cheng won 2nd prize and the Opernstudio Niederrhein Prize at the Viva Classic Live Singing Competition in Venlo (Netherlands). Congratulations!

21.08.2023: In the season 2023-2024 mezzosoprano Hyejun Kwon has been awarded a scholarship of the Werner Richard - Dr. Carl Dörken Stiftung Herdecke and also of the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund.

07.06.2022: Tenor Christopher Hochstuhl is the winner of the first Mildred May Competition for opera singers. The award is meant to support continued training and career development. 

30.03.2022: Soprano Margot Genet has been selected for this year's Verbier Festival Academy. She will be part of the Song and Opera program, with mentors such as Thomas Hampson, Anne Sofie von Otter and Thomas Quasthoff.

30.11.2021: Soprano Mercy Malieloa receives the Alumni Award from North-West University in South Africa for her personal and professional achievements.

04.11.2021: Baritone Oleh Lebedyev was voted the best young singer of the Palau de Les Arts. The prize was awarded by the Amics del Opera of Comunidad Valenciana. Read more.

15.09.2021: Baritone Oleh Lebedyev wins the special prize from the Teatro Real at the 20th Ottavio Ziino International Singing Competition 2021 in Rome, Italy. He will perform in a concert at the Teatro Real in Madrid next year.



Yuna Kudo

Zsófia Geréb

Ileana Mateescu

Roman Hovenbitzer

Natalia Labourdette

Ju Hyeok Lee

Soyoon Lee

Jongyoung Kim

Subin Park

Yancheng Chen

Hyejun Melania Kwon

Ryo Nakanishi


Anne Schwanewilms

Edith Wiens

Claudia Barainsky

Olaf Bär

Umberto Finazzi

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The cultural landscape of North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the most creative regions of the world. Its unique amount of theatres and concert halls, their high quality and not to forget the Buildings developed by star architects bring international reputation.
With 18 public theatres of the cities, four state theatres and over 139 theatre stages of 17.84 million inhabitants, North Rhine-Westphalia shows the highest theatre concentration of all German states with 15 opera houses, 22 orchestras, 13 ballet companies and 20 straight theatres. About 800 different productions are presented per year, among them 100 new productions in the music theatre. Names like Pina Bausch, Max Ernst, Emil Schumacher, Joseph Beuys or the married couple Becher stand for the artistic avant-garde of world-class, not to mention the names of passed days like van Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann or Heine and Böll associated with North Rhine-Westphalia. Furthermore the varied programme, the experimental character – as part of international festivals like Ruhrtriennale or Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen – and the high acceptance by the audience distinguish the theatre landscape of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Ideal requirements though excellent promoter of culture and partner

The Opera Studio NRW is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. It cooperates with Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen.