Monday, July 9, 2012

Young Singers Earn Top Prizes in Vienna Singing Competition

"A South Korean tenor beat out 3,000 other up-and-coming opera talents Sunday to win first prize in the 31st annual International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. The bespectacled Beomjin Kim, 22, soared to the top with his rendition of Italian composer Gabriele [sic] Donizetti's 'Tombe degli avi miei,' pocketing a 7,000-euro ($8,600) cash prize in the contest aimed at pairing up young talent with industry contacts. Fellow South Korean soprano Sang-Ah Yoon won third place, with South African soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi coming in second, at the top voice competition named after a former head of the Vienna Chamber Opera. Following preliminary rounds in 50-some cities across the globe from March to June, the best 138 singers took the stage in Vienna in early July before being whittled down to the top 14 in Sunday's finals. Along with her 3,500-euro second-place prize, Mkhwanazi, 26, won both the audience award and the media prize, each worth 1,500 euros. Sang-Ah Yoon, 24, went home with a 2,500-euro third prize." [Source]


  1. 32nd International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2013 in Amsterdam

    Vienna / Amsterdam – The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, held for the last 31 years in Vienna, Austria, is spreading its wings and beginning in 2013 will take place in the most renowned opera houses in the world on an alternating basis. In June 2013 the city of Amsterdam will host the first event to take place outside of Austria since its founding in 1981. Plans for 2014 and subsequent years will take the competition to Germany, England, and across the Atlantic.

    Competition managers Isabella Gabor and Holger Bleck are thrilled about the new perspectives: ''The City of Amsterdam is generously providing support to the Belvedere Competition, and is assisting in forming a foundation for the purpose of ensuring that this enormously important and prestigious singing competition which changes the lives of so many young singers will continue to exist. This is a fantastic outlook, and we are extremely grateful."

    The 2013 preliminary rounds will be held in more than 50 cities world-wide. These venues will be announced on the website in January 2013. The finals will take place in cooperation with the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam on 6 July 2013 in the Het Muziektheater Amsterdam. The singers will continue to be judged by a jury conisisting of artistic and casting directors from the world's most prestigious opera houses including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Barcelona Liceu, Deutsche Oper Berlin, New York Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, to name a few.

    The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is 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 International 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.

    The competition administration and headquarters will remain in Vienna.

    International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition
    Isabella Gabor & Holger Bleck
    General Management

  2. Some job openings will result from the need to replace music directors that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.