For more than 30 years, the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition has brought together up-and-coming talents and international contacts who can further their future careers.
The idea of arranging preliminary rounds on all continents and inviting the most promising artists to the main competition in Vienna is a tried and tested concept, and over the years, it has made engagements at opera houses the world over materialize for a large number of highly talented singers. In 2012, the preliminary rounds will take place in about 50 cities all around the globe from March to June. The best 150 to 160 singers will then travel to Vienna.
The composition of the jury is yet another special feature of the competition: the members are exclusively expert practitioners whose job it is to hire singers. The international jury consisting of opera managers and casting directors (this year the Washington National Opera, the Israeli Opera and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg will be among the opera houses represented the jury) as well as agents and inter- national media representatives have made the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition a veritable “Wall Street of Voices”.
Main Prizes Opera
1st Prize € 7,000 donated in memoriam KS Teresa Stich-Randall
2nd Prize € 3,500 donated by Jan Meulendijks and Bart Schuil
3rd Prize € 2,500 donated by Valentin and Anni Leitgeb Foundation
Special Prizes Opera
€ 1.500 Prize of the international Media-Jury donated by RBT Reisen- und Business Tours GmbH München – Jörg A. Bachmann
€ 1.500 Prize of the audience donated by Soroptimist International – Wiener Clubs
Special prizes donated by the opera jury
Engagements to opera houses donated by
Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Operngala – Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung in Berlin, Deutsche Oper am Rhein/Düsseldorf-Duisburg, Theater Erfurt, Oper Graz, Helikon Opera Moscow, Nordland Music Festival Norway, Washington National Opera
Special prizes donated by partners
Yasuko Mitsui Olga Warla-Kolo
Moskau-Preis Alexandr I. Gussev Opera Management
Musiktheater Irkutsk Musikfachzeitschrift Orpheus Berlin
Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française
Conditions of entry opera
Singers (male/female) of all nations are invited to enter the competition.
Age limits: Females and males born in or later 1980
To take part in the competition in Vienna, applicants must have been selected at one of the qualifying rounds.
Application by Internet: The application has to be sent no later than two weeks prior to the audition date to www.belvedere-competition.com for the respective venue.
Except for the cities of Montréal, Seoul, Toronto and Vancouver; there is no fee charged for participation in the qualifying rounds.
Preparation of two opera arias of singer’s choice, to be sung from memory in the original key and original language. The jury will listen to one or both arias.