After the necessary cancellation of this year's BELCANTO OPERA FESTIVAL due to the Covid-19 crisis, we decided to present you six opera recordings online, some of them never shown before, some newly edited.

The details of the programme - each opera will be accessible for 48 hours free of charge - can be found here

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ROSSINI MINI FESTIVAL 9-13 September 2020

Rossini Mini Festival 2020
Rossini Mini Festival 2020
After the necessary cancellation of the BELCANTO OPERA FESTIVAL this summer we were waiting for an opportunity to install a new, small event, just to keep the festival alive and to give something to our Rossini fans. This opportunity has come.

Together with our partner Passionart in Kraków, Poland, who has postponed the big titles of this year's Royal Opera Festival, we will run an alternative smaller programme adopted to Poland's and Germany's Corona rules. We will show the opera L'ISOLA DISABITATA (The lonely Island)  in the beautiful mountains near Wildbad, on the Wildline bridge, open air and with enough space for all visitors to stay safe, additionally two stars of the festival, Silvia Dalla Benetta and Diana Haller, will sing plenty of Rossini and the Akademie BelCanto will add some concerts. Find the details here.

Rossini Newsletter June 14 2020 Summary english

Dear all, unfortunately we had to cancel the "Rossini in Wildbad" 2020 festival due to the Covid-19 crisis. The planned events for 2020 have been rescheduled to 2021 (July 8-25).

But we don't want to live and we do not want you to stay without some Rossini and Belcanto this year: The ROSSINI DIGITAL FESTIVAL from 9 to 26 July 2020 will include six opera productions of the festival, most of them never published on DVD. You will be able to see excellent productions from past festivals, which we have found in the archives, some were remastered, some are well-known Rossini operas or rare titles. The programm will probably be published next week here. All operas will be available for 48 hours free of charge. After that, some will disappear, some will be accessible behind a paywall.

- After the cancellation of the BELCANTO OPERA FESTIVAL we have asked our audience to contribute to a funding for the soloists of the festival. Many of them have huge problems due to the ongoing Corona crisis and so many cancellations of operas and other projects. They deserve our support. We proudly announce that the Wildbad Rossini fans have contributed with approximately 40.000 Euro to this noble project and we will soon start to distribute the money.

- ROSSINI IN WILDBAD 2020 has been cancelled? Not totally! We cannot stay more than a year without Rossini and so we decided to hold a ROSSINI MINI FESTIVAL 9-13 September 2020, including an opera according to the Corona rules on the Sommerberg mountain, masterclasses, students concerts and soloists like Diana Haller. More details next week here.

Stay healthy. Stay tuned.

Yours sincerely

Jochen Schönleber

ROSSINI Newsletter 28 June 2020

ROSSINI doppel
ROSSINI doppel
English summary

Dear ROSSINI friends, 

the programme of the ROSSINI VIRTUAL FESTIVAL 8- 26 July  with six operas plus a bonus, each for streaming with free access online  48 hours is published on this page.

You will find video premieres like LE CHALET by Adolphe Adam (2013) with unforgettable Marco Filippo Romano, the monumental GUILLAUME TELL (2013) with Michael Spyres, extremely successful on DVD, now in high resolution, the tragic version of TANCREDI as an intimate chamber play with Diana Haller and a documentary video of the furious CORRADINO - MATILDE DI SHABRAN with an excellent cast in a excciting performance. As a bonus we have added LE CINESI by Maneul García, a charming piano opera for young singers in a production from Barcelona.  The last weekend combines the titles of 2018: L'OCCASIONE FA IL LADRO with Lorenzo Regazzo starring and the grand opera MOISE. Five of the operas have never been released on video, but most of them are successful on NAXOS CD.

The ROSSINI MINI FESTIVAL 9-13 SEPTEMBER brings a lot of Rossini in two concerts with Silvia Dalla Benetta 10 and Diana Haller 13 September, some additional concerts  from 9-13 September and two opera performances on the top of the Sommerberg near Bad Wildbad 11 and 12 September. Booking will open, soon.