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  from 11-28 July 2019 includes 5 operas: two popular titles by Rossini as well as three works of his contemporaries and friends.

The tiny Royal Kurtheater , once reopened with Dame Joan Sutherland as a patron, is the stage for Manuel Garcia's chamber opera I tre gobbi, a modern premiere, directed by Jochen Schönleber. Furthermore, as a production by the Academy BelCanto, the festival stages the farsa L'accdemia di musica by Simon Mayr. As a highlight of the program, there will be Rossini's magical Tancredi, conducted by Antonino Fogliani, directed by Jochen Schönleber, a production from the State Opera Russe, Bulgaria.

Events in the big venue Trinkhalle include Rossini's Corradino, Ironheart and Beauty  or Mathilde di Shabran, a full stage production and Emma di Resburgo, an early Meyerbeer title, written in the Rossini style for Venice and almost totally unknown. The originally scheduled Le Philtre by Daniel-François-Esprit Auber had to be postponed to 2020. We apologize. All Rossini fans must be curious when a concert Rossini Alternativen celebrating the 30 years of Deutsche Rossini Gesellshaft will present totally unheard alternative arias for famous Rossini operas.