“Das Lied”

Simply a Song

An intense form of art

He who rises to the challenge of the musical genre “Lied” (“song” in English) will be measured against such famous and outstanding singers as Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and last but not least Thomas Quasthoff.

The aim of the “Das Lied — International Song Competition”, established by Thomas Quasthoff in 2009, is to find equally talented successors and to discover new voices.

For years, Thomas Quasthoff has devoted himself to the “Lied” genre, the short but expressive art form composed of words and sound which cannot hide behind an orchestra, a mask or a production. He uses one sentence to describe what makes the “Lied” so difficult: “I stand more or less naked infront of the audience, and in just three minutes I have to give everything, whereas in an opera I would have three hours to do the same.”

The song competition “Das Lied”, for gifted singers and their pianists, takes place every two years. The next competition takes place in February 2021 in Heidelberg.

Detailed information can be found on the website www.das-lied.com.

Link to website “Das Lied”