Greeting from the Patron
Dr. Ulrich Maly, Mayor of Nuremberg
After the great success of the "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" singing competition launched in 2016, it is a pleasure for me to accept the patronage for the second round as well.
Let us remember: the Staatstheater Nürnberg founded a competition, and from the very start it immediately proved to be an important player in the international field of vocal competitions due to its high quality and broad appeal.
The reason for this is undoubtedly the illustrious international jury, which is responsible for professional competence and quality under its president, Prof. Siegfried Jerusalem. Many of the jurors themselves are the heads of renowned opera houses and can rely on extensive expertise not only as a voice connoisseur but also as a professional with practical theatre experience.
The international focus of the competition - which in turn further strengthens the reputation of the Meistersingerstadt Nürnberg as a cultural centre - ensured that more than 500 singers applied for the eliminations in Nuremberg.
Anyone who had the opportunity to experience the exciting festive finale in the opera house, accompanied by the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg, and the fascinating artistic personalities vying for the prizes certainly came away with an impression of the great quality of the upcoming singers.
In 2018, singers and singers from throughout the world are invited to apply once again for the trip to Nuremberg via pre-selections in Toronto, Paris, Moscow, Hamburg, Stockholm and Beijing in the general and the so-called German repertoires.
The best will come then to the Staatstheater Nürnberg in July 2018, where they will meet the jury under its president, Prof. Siegfried Jerusalem.
I am also pleased to accept the patronage for the 2018 "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" singing competition. It stands for excellence and internationality, and therefore for the cultural city of Nuremberg as a whole, but also demonstrates its close ties with the city and the region. For the crowning conclusion, all Nuremberg guests will once again be able to enjoy a concert with the prize winners on the Main Market Square, together with the General Music Director, Marcus Bosch, and the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg.
To the Meistersinger of 2018!
Dr Ulrich Maly, the Lord Mayor of the City of Nuremberg