International BelCanto Prize 2022

The International Bel Canto Prize has been an important part of the activities of ROSSINI IN WILDBAD since 1998. Singers such as Agata Bienkowska, Pavol Breslik, Olga Peretyatko, Serena Malfi, Diana Haller and Sofia Mchedlishvili have won the award in the past. 2016 the prize was given ex aequo to Karina Repova (Mezzo-soprano, Latvia/Germany), Serena Sáenz Molinero (Soprano, Spain) and César Arrieta (Tenor, Venezuela). 2017 to Vera Talerko (Soprano, Estonia) and Patrick Kabongo Mubenga (Tenor, Kongo/France), 2018 to Eleonora Bellocci (Soprano, Italy), 2019 to César Cortes (Tenor, Columbia). Due to the Corona crisis, there was no singer awarded in 2020, 2021 Mara Gaudenzi, mezzo-soprano, now in the Accademia della Scala in Milan has won. Megan Sill was awarded with the Inge Borkh scholarship.

The International Bel Canto Prize includes a role offer within a future ROSSINI IN WILDBAD festival production - important! - and, generally speaking, a modest amount in cash, depending from its sponsors. The 2022 International Bel Canto Prize includes simbolical prize money of 1.000 Euro funded by the Swiss Classic pro bono foundation. 

Admission to the competition can be via video audition(pre-selection), via participation in the concerts of the Festival, or via active participation in the 2021 Akademie BelCanto. There is a possibility that outstanding talents – proved and selected by recordings (see auditions) – present themselves in an audition during the festival and directly in a Rossini & Co concert.

Age limit for the International Bel Canto Prize is 32 for female singers and 35 for males. In 2022 once again the age limit is  lifted to 33 for female and 36 for male singers due to the interuption caused by the Corona virus. Two arias by Rossini or his contemporaries or Mozart are compulsory. One must be in Italian and include a recit.

Applications may be sent directly for the International BelCanto Prize until June 20, 2022  and must include CV and sound recordings with the application or to follow (data links only; no attached files!).  Applications for the Prize should be addressed to Please send links, no files! The inscription fee is 50 € to be paid in advance. No application without successful payment.

If you have further queries please contact our office:    Re: ABC2021

All decisions of Academy BelCanto regarding the courses and/or the BelCanto Prize are final and not subject to the jurisdiction of a court.

Please read carefully the Corona rules.