Sungho Kim Copyright Belvedere-Gesangswettbewerb (free use for print and online media when citing copyright)
Sungho Kim (Prizewinner of the Belvedere Singing Competition 2018)
Belvedere Singing Competition 2018 Copyright Belvedere Singing Competition (free use for print and online media when citing copyright)
Belvedere-Gesangswettbewerb 2018 (Jūrmala)
Tue 2 July to Fri 5 July
Welcome to Carinthia: The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is checking in Opera stars such as Elina Garanča, Ildikó Raimondi, Angela Gheorghiu, Angelika Kirchschlager and Pretty Yende owe it decisive impulses for their careers; many singers dream of participating at least once in a lifetime, and between 1,000 and 1,200 promising talents from all over the world take part annually. However, only the very best 140 to 160 singers qualify for the final rounds of the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. The singing competition was founded by the longstanding general manager of the Vienna Chamber Opera, Hans Gabor (1924-1994), in 1982. Since 1999, the competition has been managed by Isabella Gabor and Holger Bleck. Formerly, Vienna was the venue of the final rounds; since 2013, the final rounds have been hosted by important opera houses all over the world, such as most recently the opera houses of Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Moscow, Cape Town and Jurmala.
On 7 July 2019, the visitors of the Carinthian Summer Festival will have the unique opportunity to encounter the prize winners of the 38th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition at the gala concert. The prize-winning opera singers performing at the gala concert will be accompanied by the Carinthian Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Joel, an experienced opera conductor. Keep your fingers crossed as the best opera singers and opera singers will be awarded prizes by a top-notch jury of opera experts, including general managers, impresarios and casting directors from major opera houses and festivals, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Teatro Real of Madrid or Deutsche Oper Berlin. During the run-up to the gala concert, the candidates will sing in the public final rounds at the CCV in Villach, which spells several days of opportunities to hear them.