Programme overview 2018

Margarita Gritskova as Ottone in ADELAIDE DI BORGOGNA 2014
Margarita Gritskova as Ottone in ADELAIDE DI BORGOGNA 2014
12-18 July 2018 AUFTAKT! Opening Weekend


You can download the ticket order form and the flyer below.

ROSSINI CONCERT Thu 12 July 20.00 h Baumwipfelpfad Sommerberg

Rossini's TROIS CHOEURS RELIGIEUX , scenes from  EDIPO COLONEO and the piano cantata AURORA presented by soloists of the festival and the Gorecki Chamber Choir are opening the festival. In case of bad weather the concert will take place indoors.


PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE Sun 15 July 15.00 h Forum König Karls Bad and Tue 24 July 20.00 h Baumwipfelpfad Sommerberg

On 15 July, Contralto Antonella Colaianni additionally performs with Michele d'Elia Rossini's solo-cantata GIOVANNA D'ARCO.

On 24 July, the missa will be introduced with an exclusive premiere by Francesco Carluccio: Caïn, with Mert Süngü as protagonist. The performance will also honour Alberto Zedda with the "Rossini in Cima"-prize which will be received by his widow Cristina Vázquez-Zedda.

In case of bad weather the concert on 24 July will take place indoors. Conducted by Antonino Fogliani.


L'EQUIVOCO STRAVAGANTE – The Curious Missunderstanding Fir 13 19.00 h, Wed 18 19.40 h, Sun 22 15.00 h, Thu 26 11.15 h and Sun 29 July 15.40 h Königliches Kurtheater

One of our evergreens. The first 2-act-opera by Rossini from 1811 which has been redlisted after the third execution due to moral infringements. The guest performance from Russe (Bulgaria) will be directed by Jochen Schönleber. Conductor José-Miguel Pérez-Sierra. With Antonella Colaianni (Ernestina), Parick Kabongo (Ermanno), Giulio Mastrototaro (Gamberotto), Emanuel Franco (Buralicchio), Sebastian Monti (Frontino) and Eleonora Bellocci (Rosalia).


LA CAMBIALE DI MATRIMONIO – The Bill of Marriage Sat 14 20.15 h, Fri 20 19.40h and Fri 27 July 11.15h Königliches Kurtheater

Update 3 July: Victoria Kunze has been in an accident prior to the festival. She will not be singing Fanni. Eleonora Bellocci will fill in.

The first farsa Rossini composed at 18 years. With Eleonora Bellocci as Fanni, Matija Meic as Mill, Roberto Maietta as Slook, Xiang Xu as Eduardo, Javier Povedano as Norton, and Maria Rita Combatelli as Clarina.

Directed by Lorenzo Regazzo who will also be on the stage. Conductor Jacopo Brusa, a Antonino Fogliani disciple.


MOÏSE – Moses Thu 19 19.00 h, Wed 25 19.00h and Sat 28 July 19.00 h Trinkhalle

Rossini's monumental Grand Opéra directed by Jochen Schönleber is opening the Belcanto Opera Festival. Isis and God are tormenting the Egyptians and Israelits until the Red Sea is drowning the Egyptians... Alexej Birkus will perform as Moïse, Luca Dall'Amico as Pharao. Elisa Balbo (debut as Anna in Maometto II 2017 in Bad Wildbad) will sing Anaï, Silvia Dalla Benetta Sinaïde, Patrick Kabongo performs as Eliézer and Baurzhan Andherzanov as Osiride. Conductor Fabrizio Maria Carminati.


ZELMIRA Sat 21 19.00 h and Fri 27 July 19.00 h Trinkhalle

German Premiere. It was Rossini's last opera in Naples which suceeded as guest performance in Vienna.

Silvia Dalla Benetta sings Zelmira, and Mert Süngü, Wildbad-debut as Paolo Erisso in Maometto II will perform as Ilo, Joshua Stewart as Antenore, Marina Comparato as Emma, Luca Dall'Amico as Leucippo. Concert version with Conducter Gianluigi Gelmetti.


Festkonzert Thu 26 July 19.40 h Trinkhalle

One of the highlights of the festival's history: The Wedding Cantata LE NOZZE DI TETI E DI PELEO – The Wedding of Thetis and Peleus.


ROSSINI&CO Sun 15 11.15 h, Sun 22 11.15 h and Sat 28 July 11.15 h Königliches Kurtheater

The popular concerts of the Belcanto Academy and the masterclasses.


TRIO ZEDDA Sun 22 July 20.00 h Königliches Kurtheater

Alberto Zedda's grandchildren Valentina (p), Luca (Vl) and Chiara Kaufman (Vc) will present various Rossini rarities, some of them arranged by Alberto Zedda for their trio some of them as soloists. Quelques riens pour album, Petit train de plaisir, Memento homo, Un mot à Paganini, Allegro agitato.


BELCANTO GATHERING Sat 21 July 15.00 h Kurplatz

Outdoor Belcanto in front of the Royal Kurtheater; free entrance.



Soccer with our festival stars and Marching Band from the Orchestervereinigung Calmbach conducted by Sascha Eisenhut. Free entrance.