Rossini in Wildbad
Belcanto Opera Festival
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!!!