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 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 festival ended with the publication of the winner of International BelCanto Prize 2019 César Cortes, tenor from Columbia and Lamia Beuque, mezzo-soprano, France (Prize of the audience). The festival was the most busy one ever with 5 operatic productions and perhaps the most successful, especially the widely acclaimed last performance and direct transmission of Corradino cuor di ferro or Matilde di Shabran (Rome version 1821) with a marvellous cast could be seen as a milestone. The new Passionart orchestra and the Gorecki Chamber Choir from Krakow where important to support the soloists from 4 continents under maestro José Miguel Pérez Sierra and Stefania Bonfadelli (director). Tancredi (tragic version Ferrar 1813) with music director Antonino Fogliani as conductor  and artistic director Jochen Schönleber was successfully recorded for DVD. The performances ended in total silence and darkness  after the "morendo" (dying) of the last aria. The modern première of Meyerbeer's first italian title Romilda e Costanza (Padova 1817) in a concert performance was recorded by SWR radio for NAXOS. Additionally the opera Accademia di musica my Simon Mayr and the modern premiere of I tre Gobbi by Maneul Garcia after Goldoni were shown in the Kurtheater. A concert of Rossini-Alternativen brought an astonishing number of totally unknown Rossini arias and ensembles to a modern premiere. Naxos will also publish these interesting pieces, containing a beautiful and astonishing finale for Semiramide.

The 32nd festival will take place 9 to 26 July 2020. Booking will start appr. in November. Please register for our newsletter and do not miss the date!!!