Committed to the next generation: Young talents as special guests
For many years, Elīna Garanča and Karel Mark Chichon have been encouraging young, emerging talents of the opera to join them in performing for “Classic under Stars”. It many cases, these performances have been followed by the start of an international career, like Valentina Nafornitja or Bryan Hymel. The fact that working with young artists Elīna Garanča and Karel Mark Chichon is a real concern, they prove not only year after year with the selection of their guests, but most impressive with their young talent competition "ZukunftsStimmen". It is not about a pure singing competition, but about a discovery, an accompaniment, coaching and of course a career starting point: Because the winner of the competition, Alexander Grassauer, will be on stage in Göttweig together with the big stars.

The new Callas
This year Garanča and Chichon have invited a very special female guest: Nadine Sierra. American Nadine Sierra is an audience-critically acclaimed young opera star. "The most Brilliant voice", "The prettiest face of the opera", even "The new Callas" are attributed to her by Feuilleton. She recently recorded her first CD for Deutsche Grammophon. One thing is certain: Nadine Sierra is at the beginning of a very, very big career. She began her singing career at the age of six, winning numerous awards and competitions and currently singing at the world's largest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Teatro alla Scala Milan, the Opéra national de Paris and the Staatsoper Berlin. Her signature role is the Gilda in Rigoletto, soon to be debuted as Manon at the Bordeaux Opera.

Worldwide at home in many different roles
His short career has taken him to the most important opera houses in the world: Metropolitan Opera New York, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Royal Opera House London, Teatro Regio di Torino, German Opera Berlin, Opera National de Lyon, State Opera Hamburg or Théâtre du Capitole , The young Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov has a very impressive role repertoire, such as the Rodolfo in La Bohème and Luisa Miller, the Cavaradossi in Tosca, the Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, the Nicias in Thais or the title role in Eugene Onegin. In 2003 he was honored in his homeland as the youngest artist of all time for his outstanding achievements in the field of performing arts entitled "Honored Artist of Ukraine". In 2007, he also won the launched by Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition.