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Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin 2013

Germany's National Singing Competition

Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin

The Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin is Germany's national singing competition. It was founded to identify and promote young talent with exceptional vocal, music and theatre skills. The main competition is open to singers from age 23 to 28, while the junior competition is for singers from age 17 to 22.

Pre-selections are held in seven regions of the country. Semi-finalists advance to the finals in Berlin, where winners are chosen to perform in concert at the famed Friedrichstadt-Palast theatre. Juniors compete for three main prizes of € 2,000 to € 4,200 as well as two additional major awards. Seniors compete for three musical awards and three singing awards, ranging from € 3,000 to € 5,000. Seven other major singing awards are available as well as one piano accompanist award.

Winners Concert

The 2013 Winners Concert was held on December 2, 2013 at the Friedrichstadt-Palast theatre in Berlin.

Click the singer's link or photo to view their video. In the video window, click the "play" icon to begin. Close the video window when done.

Junior Competition Winners (age 17 to 22)

First place winners each performed twice. Winner biographies are available here.

First place: Philipp Büttner, 22 years, Munich
€ 4,200 ($5,750 US)
"Sex is in the Heel" from Kinky Boots (2012)
Music/Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper
Sung in English with dance

First place: Philipp Büttner (second video)
"Marry Me a Little" from Company (1970)
Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Scene in German; Song in English at 1:40

Second place: Paula Skorupa, 22 years, Berlin
€ 3,000 ($4,100 US)
"Toothbrush" (1995)
Lyrics/Music: Thomas Pigor, Benedikt Eichhorn
Piano: Jürgen Beyer
Sung in German

Third Place: Jan-Philipp Rekeszus, 21 years, Wiesbaden
€ 2,000 ($2,740 US)
"I Got Life" from HAIR (1968)
Music: Galt MacDermont, Lyrics: James Rado, Gerome Ragn
Scene in German; song in English at 1:30
 
 

Lottery prize: Devi-Ananda Dahm, 20 years, Berlin
€ 1,200 ($1,645 US)
"Ich will mehr" ("I Want More") from Lestat (2005)
Music: Elton John, Lyrics: Bernie Taupin
Scene in German; song in German at 1:08

Hamel prize: Sina Pirouzi, 19 years, Hamburg
€ 1,000 ($1,370 US)
"Your Daddy's Son" from Ragtime (1998)
Music: Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens
Sung in English

Main Competition Winners (age 23 to 28)

First place winners each performed twice. Winner biographies are available here.

Musical - First Place: Maria Danae Bansen, 23 years, Berlin
€ 5,000 ($6,850 US)
"Stepp die Sorgen davon" from Mack und Mabel (1974)
Music: Jerry Herman, Lyrics: Michael Stewart
Scene in German; Song in German at 0:43 with dance

Musical - First Place: Maria Danae Bansen (second video)
"Fame" from Fame (1989)
Music: Steve Margoshes, Lyrics: Jacques Levy
Scene in German; Song in German at 1:37 with dance

Musical - Second Place: Andreas Langsch, 24 years, Leipzig
€ 4,000 ($5,480 US)
"Guten Abend" from Noah war ein Archetyp (2006)
Music/Lyrics: Bodo Wartke
Sung in German

Musical - Third Place: Manuel Dengler, 24 years, Munich
€ 3,000 ($4,100 US)
"I am Aldolpho!" from The Drowsy Chaperone (1998)
Music: Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison, Lyrics: Bob Marlin, Don McKellar
Sung in English
 
 

Song - First Place: Christophe Vetter, 23 years, Berlin
€ 5,000 ($6,850 US)
"Nantes" (1963)
Music/Lyrics: Barbara
Piano: Nikolai Orloff
Sung in French

Song - First Place: Christophe Vetter (second video)
"Hotel Mama" from Das Robinson Crusoe Konzert (2007)
Music/Lyrics: Rainald Grebe
Piano: Nikolai Orloff
Sung in German

Song - Second Place: Vladimir Korneev, 26 years, Munich
€ 4,000 ($5,480 US)
"Amsterdam" (1964)
Music/Lyrics: Jacques Brel
Piano: Liviu Petcu
Arrangement by ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius
Sung in German

Song - Third Place: Marissa Moller, 26 years, Hagen
€ 3,000 ($4,100 US)
"Rabenmutter" (2007)
Lyrics/Music: Thomas Pigor, Benedikt Eichhorn
Piano: Patricia Martin
Sung in German
 
 

Best representation of a musical scene: Peter Schmid, 23 years, Munich
German Theatre Association - € 2500 ($3,425)
"Wär die Welt perfekt" ("A Miracle Would Happen") from The Last Five Years (2001)
Music/Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
Scene in German; Song in German at 2:02

Kaminsky Foundation prize: Elisabeth Köstner, 27 years, Hamburg
€ 2500 ($3,425)
"Pulled" from The Addams Family (2009)
Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa
Sung in English

Vocal Foundation Award: Lisa Toh, 21 years, Trier
Federal Association of German singing teachers - € 2500 ($3,425)
"Listen" from Dreamgirls (1981)
Music: Henry Krieger, Lyrics: Tom Eyen
Sung in English

Heymann Chanson Prize: Marie-Luise Böning, 24 years, Rostock
€ 2,000 ($2,740 US)
"Surabaya-Johnny" from Happy End (1929)
Music: Kurt Weill, Lyrics: Elisabeth Hauptmann
Piano: Lena Sophia Schmidt
Sung in German

Jurmann Chanson Prize: Nedime Ince, 24, Leipzig
€ 2,000 ($2,740 US)
"Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte" (1931)
Music: Friedrich Holländer, Lyrics: Friedrich Holländer, Reinhard Mey and Nedime Ince
Piano: Adam Benzwi
Sung in German

"Ass-Dur" Cabaret Prize: Moritz Schulze, 23 years, Berlin
€ 2,000 ($2,740 US)
Sex (1997)
Lyrics/Music: Thomas Pigor, Benedikt Eichhorn
Piano: Rainer Bielfeldt
Sung in German

May Chanson Prize: Hedi Mohr, 22 years, Berlin
€ 1,000 ($1,370 US)
"Das Lied von der Seeräuber-Jenny" from Die Dreigroschenoper (1928)
Music: Kurt Weill, Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht
Piano: Adam Benzwi
Performed in German

ZEIT Accompanist Prize: Liviu Petcu, Munich
€ 2,000 ($2,740 US)


Learn More

For more information, please visit the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin website.

Videos from some past winners are available on the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin video channel.