Welcome to IMA

The Internationale Meistersinger Akademie (IMA) offers emerging artists an exceptional environment of excellence in the city of Neumarkt i.d.OPf. for the study of all areas of classical singing. The program under the direction of Prof. Dr. Wiens takes place in the beautiful city of Neumarkt i.d.OPf., Germany, and includes opera gala concerts with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, a song recital recorded by the Bavarian Radio/Studio Franken, a cabaret concert led by Craig Terry (Lyric Opera of Chicago), continuous voice lessons with Prof. Wiens and coaching, as well as master classes with weekly changing guest professors and much more. In the context of two auditions attended by 30 leading opera directors, casting directors, agents and organisers, IMA offers a unique opportunity to make contacts on site and develop career path strategies.

13. Internationale Meistersinger Akademie

July 10 - August 8, 2024

NEUMARKT i.d.OPf., Germany


Opening concert with Orchestra

Date: Thursday, July 18, 2024


Song recital

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2024


Dress rehearsal Opera and Operetta Gala - open to the public

Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2024


Opera and Operetta Gala

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2024



Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2024


IMA Alumni at Operalia 2023

Two IMA alumni took part in the Operalia singing competition this year: Libby Sokolowski and Julie Roset. Soprano Julie Roset won the first prize. Congratulations!

Winner in Rome

Mezzosoprano Shannon Keegan received First Prize and the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2023 Concorso Lirico Ottavio Ziino in Rome.

Prize in Vienna

Baritone Jusung Park wins second prize at the Helmut Deutsch Song Competition in Vienna. Congratulations!



Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Edith Wiens

After her long and illustrous career, Edith Wiens enjoys mentoring young singers. Opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera New York, Covent Garden London, Frankfurt, ...

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Malcolm Martineau

Malcolm Martineau is the renowned musical partner of singers such as Simon Keenlyside, Bryn Terfel and Susan Graham. He has played recitals in all the ...

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Thomas Lausmann

Thomas Lausmann was appointed Director of Music Administration at the Metropolitan Opera at the beginning of the 2019/20 season and served as Head of Music ...

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