DEBUT is an international Classical Singing Competition, which supports young opera singers embarking on their career. The contest is open to the following voice types: soprano, mezzo-soprano & alto, tenor, countertenor and baritone & bass. It gives young soloists an opportunity to appear in a competition with a strong international profile in the presence of a distinguished judging panel. The event is held every second year in Weikersheim, which following a three-month entry phase serve as the venue for the preliminary rounds and the competition.

This year the competition will take place from 13 to 20 September 2020. Applications can be submitted online between 1 April and 14 June.

  • Female singers aged 32 or under (i.e. born after September 19, 1988)
  • Male singers aged 34 or under (i.e. born after September 19, 1986)
  • Technical skill
  • Musical interpretation (rhythm, phrasing, expression)
  • Voice quality
  • Artistic personality / presence
  • Registration fee: € 30
  • Participation fee for the competition week: € 170 (incl. board, lodging, workshop and shuttle service)
  • 14./15.09.2020:    Qualifying rounds
  • 16.09.2020:             Semifinal
  • 17.09.2020:             Lieder recital
  • 19.09.2020:             Final / gala concert
  • 04.12.2020:             Anniversary concert