Rossini in Wildbad
Belcanto Opera Festival

The death of Tancredi Picture by Patrick Pfeiffer
The death of Tancredi Picture by Patrick Pfeiffer
A Rossini festival in the Black Forest, can that be possible? Since over 25 years Rossini in Bad Wildbad shows that a small but special Belcanto opera festival can be successful, with splendid CD and DVD 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 remember Gioachino Rossini`s stay in the spa town in the black forest. Since 1991, Jochen Schönleber is the artistic director and 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

May 11 Attention please: We still have to wait until the hotels and open air venues are re-opened. The infection numbers are in decrease, but we still await the official signal to go ahead. However, you can place your reservations, now and will be able to decide after receiving the invoices. 22 May we will know more.


Belcanto Opera Festival 8-25 July 2021

The postponed 32nd festival will take place from 8 to 25 July 2021  in a Corona-safe, relaxed and airy environment: This year we want to discover new spaces around Wildbad: The most spectacular ones are on the top of the Sommerberg mountain (with a cable car easy and quick transportation): The wooden tower (40 m high) of the Baumwipfelpfad for La Creazione/Die Schöpfung by Joseph Haydn in the version that Rossini performed in Naples; the impressing and elegant Wildline bridge for an A cappella concert of the Gorecki Chamber Choir; Grillplatz the beautiful space in the middle of the Black Forest for the experimental Waldkonzert - Concert in the forest.  All are easy to reach although in the middle of the forest, they have an excellent acoustic and provide silence in a very special way: Sometimes the birds join the music and it is amazing to discover that this does not disturb at all! (Messiaen would be happy. My opinion...)

In Wildbad itself we use spaces in and around the famous Kurpark: The Luft- und Sonnenbad, almost forgotten, offers an elegant and beautiful architecture for La scala di seta; the Offene Halle Marienruhe  is an airy, but covered space for the operas and Maurischer Pavillon, a beatiful small venue in Arabic style. You can hear and see excellent Rossini singers and some of the most oustanding conductors of this repertory.

You find the programme overview in english here.

You find the printed programme in German  here and order forms here.

Please note that for the moment we can only accept your reservations/bookings as long as seats are available, only selected categories with very limited capacities have been opened. End of March 2021 we will know more about the rules for summer and probably can open more space for the most requested shows. If  a performance is fully booked (due to the Covid rules this can happen early), we will contact you asap. We will send the invoices only in April and you may decide whether your early booking still fits for your plans. Book now, pay later is the rule for this special year. But don't worry: ROSSINI will return to Wildbad for great music and interesting repertory this year. I promise!

See you in Bad Wildbad this summer!

Yours sincerely


Jochen Schönleber