Programme overview 2017
July 13th-23rd 2017: Bel Canto Opera Festival
We are planning the 29th edition of ROSSINI IN WILDBAD. It is a most extensive festival: four operas by Rossini and one guest performance form Florence. You will enjoy new soloists, shaping the future image of bel canto. Each year we look for outstanding talented singers from all countries who will be singing with some of the finest bel canto artists of our time. Rossini himself discovered a new talent during his stay at the spa of Wildbad (such as Hugo Heermann, who became one of the most famous violinists of his time), and it was during or after his stay in Wildbad that he began again to compose his “Sins of My Old Age.”
We invite you to share this experience of discovery and excellence during the three exciting weeks of ROSSINI IN WILDBAD!
Fri 7 July Tower of the Baumwipfelpfad
Gala concert on the top of the trees
Antonino Fogliani will master this unforgetful event above the clouds, with sacral works by Mozart and Rossini such as the missa in c minor by Mozart.
Sat 8 July 7.40 pm, Thr 13 July 7.40 pm, Sat 22 July 11.15 am Königl. Kurtheater
L'occasione fa il ladro – Opportunity makes the thief
An exchange of suitcases, exchanges of identities, theft, restitution... a great comedy with arch-comedian Lorenzo Regazzo as Parmenione. The opera is part of the first five farsa by Rossini with a whole new reading by Regazzo together with Jochen Schönleber.
Fri 14 July 7.40 pm, Sat 22 July 7.00 pm Trinkhalle
Aureliano in Palmira
A roman emperor encounters an oriental princess at the antique metropolis. It is the only opera Rossini has ever composed for a castrato, it was in 1813 for La Scala. The rather cruel historical ending has been happified by the librettist Felice Romani. Semistage production.
Sat 15 July 7.00 pm, Thr 20 July 7.00 pm, Sun 23 July 3.00 pm Trinkhalle
Maometto II – Mahomet II.
On of Rossini's masterpieces from his Neapolitain phase from 1820. Wildbad has only produced its Venetian adaptation in concert version. For the first time, we will present this dramaturgically superior version as a full scenic production.
Sun 16 July 5.00 pm, Fri 21 July 7.00 pm Trinkhalle
Eduardo e Cristina
This blockbuster from 1819 written for the Venetian Teatro San Benedetto (today known as a rather deserted „Cinema Rossini“) is really a pasticcio containing not only a lot of his own pieces but also unheard Rossini, it was a big success. In 1997 the opera had, thanks to the Deutsche Rossini Gesellschaft, its modern premier in Wildbad.
Sun 9 July 3.40 pm, Sat 15 July 11.15 am, Fri 21 July 11.15 pm Königliches Kurtheater
Le Cinesi – The Chinese women
An afternoon with three Chinese girls, their views on life, their ennui, disrupted by one of their brothers. Metastasio wrote the delightful libretto, Manuel García, Rossini's first Almaviva, the music in 1831. First produced 2015 in Barcelona and Wildbad, last fall in Florence with the Maggio musicale fiorentino: the CINESI are back in Wildbad!
Wed 19 July 7.40 pm Trinkhalle
Hommage a Tamburini
Antonio Tamburini (1800-1876) was the great bariton in many important operas from the belcanto period. Donizetti, Bellini, Pacini, Mercadante – they all wrote for Tamburini. Vittorio Prato, who started his belcanto career at Wildbad, will sing a whole Tamburini-program curated by Reto Müller with numerous modern premiers as well as many rarities.
Sun 9/16/23 July 11.15 am Königl. Kurtheater
ROSSINI & Co
Concerts by the students of our masterclasses by Raúl Gímenez and Lorenzo Regazzo.
Tue 18 July 8.00 pm Baumwipfelpfad
Luiza Borac Piano (Chamber concert)
Luiza Borac celebrated a fulminant debut last year in Wildbad. This year, she will present a program on top of the trees with Lipatti's Bach arrangements and a lot of romanticism. To move the grant piano on the tower will remain our challenge.