Rossini in Wildbad
Belcanto Opera Festival

A Rossini festival in the Black Forest, can that be possible? Since over 25 years Rossini in Bad Wildbad shows that a small but particula Belcanto opera festival can be successful, with splendid CD recordings and international radio transmission. The festival is internationally renowned for discovering new operas of the belcanto repertory and outstanding young singers. “Rossini Bad Wildbad” was founded 1989 to remind of Gioachino Rossini`s stay in the spa town in the black forest. Since 1991, Jochen Schönleber is the artistic director and now he is also the general manager. Music director is one of the leading belcanto conductors in the world, brillant Italian Antonino Fogliani. The festival is hold by the city of Bad Wildbad. It is supported by the land of Baden-Württemberg and by the district of Calw. The principal sponsor is the AWG Calw.

General manager Jochen Schönleber
Artistic director Jochen Schönleber
Music director Antonino Fogliani

The 31st Belcanto Opera Festival ROSSINI in Wildbad takes place from 11-29 July 2019 and proposes a broad repertoire: two popular Operas by Rossini as well as three works of his contemporaries will be staged.

The Royal Kurtheater opens the satge for Manuel Garcia's chambeer opera I tre gobbi, a modern premiere  from Barcelona directed by Jochen Schönleber. Furthermore, as a production by the Academy BelCanto, the festival stages the farsa L'accdemia di musica by Simon Mayr. To coronate the program, there will be Rossini's magical Tancredi, conducted by Antonino Fogliani, directed by Jochen Schönleber.

The festival features also Le Philtre by Daniel-François-Esprit Auber and Rossini's Corradino or Mathilde di Sharban, both in a semi-stage version at Trinkhalle. There will be a concert celebrating the Deutsche Rossini Gesellshaft presenting unheard alternative arias from famous Rossini operas.