Das Lied International Song Competition


May 25 - 29 2021


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Das Lied International Song Competition 2021

The Das Lied International Song Competition 2021 is postponed due to COVID to 2023.

“Unfortunately we have to cancel this year’s international song competition “Das Lied”, which was supposed to take place in Heidelberg from May 25th to 29th. Given the current situation, we cannot guarantee a fair competition and the safety of our participants, who come from all over the world. We very much regret that the competition cannot take place this year. But postponed is not canceled. The competition is held every two years and therefore takes place the next time in 2023, much likely including this year’s repertoire of songs by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Aribert Reimann. Together with Thomas Quasthoff, founder and jury chairman of the competition, it was decided that this year’s contestant can apply in 2023 even if they have reached the age limit of 32 years. This year’s registration fee will be fully refunded.”

The biennial Das Lied International Song Competition was launched in 2009 by Thomas Quasthoff and has quickly established itself as one of the most important vocal competitions worldwide. In addition to Thomas Quasthoff, the jury includes other personalities who have played a major role in the genre in recent decades, including John Gilhooly, Charlotte Lehmann and Helga Machreich. With prize money of 40,000 euros, the song competition is one of the most highly endowed of its kind. Until 2015, “Das Lied” took place in Berlin and moved to Heidelberg in 2017, where it found a new home under the roof of the International Song Centre Heidelberg.

The Das Lied International Song Competition 2021 is open to singers from all over the world, born in 1989 or later. Accompanying pianists may apply together with a singer.

The “Das Lied – International Song Competition” is a highly endowed competition exclusively dedicated to the Lied genre and held every two years in Heidelberg, Germany. The competition is hosted by the International Song Centre Heidelberg

  • Application Deadline Date (year-month-day): 2020-09-25


Heidelberg, Germany


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Internationales Musikfestival Heidelberger Frühling
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