Greeting from the Patron
Dr. Ulrich Maly, Mayor of Nuremberg
For the first “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" Song Competition I wish all the singers taking part, as well as the top-class international panel of judges under its chairman Prof. Siegfried Jerusalem, every success in the presentation and selection.
Establishing a new, international song competition in the large field of existing competitions is a thoroughly ambitious undertaking. But Nuremberg, the city of the Meistersinger, is ideally placed to do so:
the city and the region have an excellent history of music and opera, which started off with the Minnegesang, or troubadour songs; St. Sebald and St. Lorenz were important centres of church music and mystery plays, and instrument making flourished in Nuremberg. Yet more than anything it was the tradition of the singing schools and the famous poet Hans Sachs that Richard Wagner's opera “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" immortalised. Since it was first performed in 1868 this masterwork has spread the name of the city of Nuremberg across the globe.
It is to this tradition that the “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" Song Competition belongs. The world over, singers have been invited to enter the contest through international pre-selections in Sao Paulo, Toronto, Shenzhen, Paris, Moscow, Hamburg and Stockholm, primarily in what is termed the German repertoire, to compete for the substantial prizes.
The best singers will be invited to the Staatstheater in Nuremberg, where they will meet the international panel of song specialist judges under the aegis of Prof. Siegfried Jerusalem.
I was delighted to be made the patron of this contest. It not only stands for excellence and internationality, and with it for the cultural location Nuremberg as a whole, but also demonstrates its close ties with the city and the region:
The semi-final and the final at the Opernhaus are open to the public – and for the crowning conclusion all the good folk of Nuremberg are welcome to the Hauptmarkt to experience a concert with the prize-winners of the contest along with Musical Director Marcus Bosch and the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg. To the Meistersingers of tomorrow!