33. Int. Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition


The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is “The world’s best networked singing competition with qualifying rounds in 52 cities” and “THE springboard for a career in opera”: Past participants and prizewinners include Angelika Kirchschlager, Angela Gheorghiu, Ildikó Raimondi, Elisabeth Matos and Elina Garanča. Recent winners include Italian tenor Antonio Poli, who made his debut in 2011 at the Salzburg Festival in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta alongside Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala. Soprano Rachel Willis-Sörensen, the 1st Prize winner of the Int. Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in 2011, made her highly-acclaimed Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in February 2012 as the Contessa in W.A. Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.

An ever increasing number of institutions have donated special prizes, be it in cash or in kind, or in the form of engagements. Apart from the main prizes, the much vied-for prize of the audience can be won; it is awarded by the audience of the public final concert until today.

The included operetta competition and the competition for opera coaches will be held also in future, even if not every year.

Since 2013 the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is spreading its wings. The final rounds, held for the last 31 years in Vienna, will take place in the future in the most renowned opera houses around the world on an alternating basis. In 2013 the city of Amsterdam hosted the first event to take place outside of Austria since its founding. Düsseldorf will follow in 2014. Plans for 2015 and subsequent years will take the competition’s final rounds to European cities and overseas.

Isabella Gabor and Holger Bleck, General Managers since 1999, are thrilled about the upcoming perspectives: “With Düsseldorf and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, we have found again a great partner for the Belvedere Singing Competition after Amsterdam. General Director Christopher Meyer is a longstanding member of the opera jury. We look forward to being guests in Germany for the first time with the 33rd edition of the Final Rounds in 2014.”

The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is supported by the Dutch competition website www.belvedereamsterdam.com