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

Belcanto Opera Festival 8-25 July 2021

This summer we celebrate the revival of culture with Rossini in Wildbad. The situation taught us not only to do the best, but to do something very special. During the past months we have been inspired to new ideas and approaches.

You will get to know highly unusual venues for music in Bad Wildbad. All of them have been chosen for their suitability for the special requirements of our repertoire. Such places include the lofty tower of the tree-top walk or the Wildline Bridge on the Sommerberg. The barbecue area, which is surrounded by tall trees in a clearing on the mountain, is also ideally suited for a musical experience. Silence and excellent acoustics characterise these places.

In the valley, we play in the open hall at the Marienruhe, in the enchanted Luft- und Sonnenbad in the Kurpark, at the Moorish Pavilion as well as on the Kurplatz. These are all places that convey a special, evocative atmosphere. In addition, they are easily accessible and allow barrier-free access. A shuttle service ensures the most comfortable journey possible to the venues, especially for people with limited mobility.

When studying the programme, you will notice that, unlike usual, we mostly play only once a day. We have to adapt to the course of the sun. Therefore matinees start earlier and evening events later. Afternoon events are not possible. And unfortunately the number of seats remains very limited for the time being.

IMPORTANT! Booking is open now. If we notice that a performance is already overbooked, you will receive a short message, especially quick if you provide an email contact. 

Please note: Due to the Corona restrictions in the ticket office, there is currently no advance booking by telephone or in person. Please order online using the form.

In the second summer of the Corona pandemic, we are certainly still far from the old normal. However, the 32nd Belcanto Opera Festival from 8-25 July 2021 should be a great event. The conditions will be adapted to the updated health situation. Let our newsletter bring you up to date on a regular basis.

I hope for your interest - and for your understanding of everything that will be different, so that finally there will be music again ...

See you in Bad Wildbad this summer!

Yours sincerely


Jochen Schönleber