Prize Winners 2015 of the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition

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15 singers from 10 countries could qualify for the Finals, including four from South Africa as well as for the first time in the Competition’s history a singer from Kenya. 

CONGRATULATIONS to all prize winners, finalists and participants of the final rounds in Amsterdam. 


#Belvedere2015 - 62 qualified for the semi-finals in Amsterdam

#Belvedere2015 - 62 of 160 singers in the 1st heats are qualified for the semi-finals on 1 and 2 July in Amsterdam. Please find all qualified participants on belvedere-competition.com


#Belvedere2015 - live stream of the Finals Concert

#Belvedere2015 - live stream of the Finals Concert on 4 July via NPO Radio 4 on http://ow.ly/OWAlo Enjoy!


The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition deeply mourns the death of Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner in Germanwings crash

El Liceu lamenta profundament la mort d’Oleg Bryjak i Maria Radner avui a l’accident aeri de Germanwings. Tots dos...

Posted by Gran Teatre del Liceu on Dienstag, 24. März 2015


#Belvedere - on our's own behalf

Holger Bleck - Photo © Hipp
The Carinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria has a new Artistic and Managing Director from 1 January 2016. 

Holger Bleck, General Manager of the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition and many years Artistic Director and member of the General Management of the Vienna Chamber Opera, was appointed from 64 high-profile candidates from Russia to New York, as published by the Board of the Carinthian Summer Music Festival last Friday

Press release Carinthischer Sommer (pfd-file in German)


#Belvedere2015 #ParticipantsInTheSpotlight - Yadviga Kolosova, Soprano, Russia

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Hello from Saint Petersburg!

I am Yadviga Kolosova, a young soprano singer.

I have decided to participate in International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition this year because it is great to share my love for singing with other people!

I would like to meet the marvelous Renata Tebaldi who dedicated her whole life to singing on the stage and made many of her admirers so happy with her music.

In 5 years… well I hope to see more of our world, and hear new voices and listen to new music!

Website: http://en.yadvigakolosova.com/


#FormerParticipants of the Belvedere Singing Competition on Operalogg.com

#FormerParticipants - Kristy Swift


#Belvedere2015 #ParticipantsInTheSpotlight - Olga Vilenskaia, Soprano, Germany

Foto Credit: Christian Stimming - Photography
Hello from Berlin!

I am looking forward to sing at the competition this year! I hope to have a lot of good impressions, meet great colleagues and show the world my love and passion for opera and singing!

I would love to meet Anja Harteros; she is a true artist on stage- genuine, generous and honest.

Life is full of surprises and I am really looking forward to explore all of them!

Website: olgavilenskaia.eu
Twitter: @olgavilenskaia 


#Belvedere2015 - #ParticipantsInTheSpotlight - Diana Volkova, Mezzo-Soprano, Russia

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Hello, my dear Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition!!!

I expect from my participation at Belvedere Singing Competition a lot of good impressions and at least some chances for my career.

An artist who gives me always an example, is Great Ballet Dancer Rudolf Nurriev. I respect and  admire him not only as an artist, but also as very strong, disciplined and purposeful person. At that day, when I first time read about him, I've understood, that I want to have the same willpower like he had.

And I know that in four, five or six years, through my energy and luck I'll be everywhere.


Diana Volkova, mezzo-soprano, 25 years old.

#Belvedere2015 - #ParticipantsInTheSpotlight - Niko Gjorgievski, Tenor, Macedonia

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The reason I entered the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is to gain experience, to present myself in the world of Opera, and of course, the fact that there are so many amazing opportunities!

After my graduation as a Bachelor of Music in Voice performance, this is the first Opera competition I'm taking participation in, and, of course I'm very excited to be a part of.

I'd very much like to meet Juan Diego Flórez. I think he needs no introduction in the world of Opera, and why I'd like to meet this Great singer is also self-explanatory. „smile“-Emoticon

Me in 5 years... let me check with my time machine. „smile“-Emoticon I'd like to see myself in the best place for my artistic expression and spiritual fulfillment - the almighty THEATER. Wherever. Every audience is an audience.

Niko Gjorgievski, Tenor, 27, Macedonia.


‪#‎Belvedere2015‬ ‪#‎ParticipantsInTheSpotlight‬ - Ena Pongrac, Mezzo-Soprano, Croatia

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The reason why I did apply to Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Comeptition is because I think I am ready to compete with the level and singers that this competition is standing for. 

I am 23 years old and think it´s time for me to try my luck. This is going to be my first competition ever and I am honoured to be a part of it. I really admire Olga Borodina´s technic and her breath support. Her phrasing ist more than amazing and her top leaves one breathless. I would like to have an opportunity just to speak with her and maybe get some tipps.  Me in 5 years: hmm that´s a hard question. I would say, ask me in 5 years :)


‪#‎Belvedere2015‬ ‪#‎ParticipantsInTheSpotlight‬ - Clementina Moreira, Mezzo-Soprano, Uruguay

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My name is Clementina Moreira. I am from Uruguay and have lived in the US for about 7 years.
I am participating at this competition to gain experience and exposure.
I would love to meet Placido Domingo and Cecilia Bartoli because any small piece of advice they have would be a life lesson.
In 5 years I hope to be singing roles with regional opera companies, auditioning, competing, and enjoying singing overall!  


‪#‎Belvedere2015‬ ‪#‎ParticipantsInTheSpotlight‬ - Dae hwi KIM, Tenor, South Korea

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Guten Tag, 
ich habe mich beim Belvedere-Gesangswettbewerb eingeschrieben und möchte an diesem Gesangswettbbewerb teilnehmen, weil er in Europa sehr sehr berühmt ist.

Als ich ein Kind war, habe ich Musik gehört, eine CD mit der wundervollen Mirella Freni. Also ich mochte das so sehr, als ich sie gehört hatte. Deshalb habe ich den Traum, dass ich wie sie singen möchte.

Nachdem ich mein Studium beendet habe, möchte ich ins Theater gehen, oder ich studiere weiter an anderen Universitäten.

Meine Internet-Adresse ist

Herzliche Grüße, 
Dae hwi KIM


‪#‎Belvedere2015‬ ‪#‎ParticipantsInTheSpotlight‬ - Marina Botha-Spies, Soprano, South Africa

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Hello, I am Marina Botha-Spies a young soprano from the sunny city of Pretoria, South Africa. 

The experience and exposure that is granted to a young singer through the Hans Gabor Belvedère Singing Competition is unparalleled in the world of opera. 

A soprano that I really admire and would like to meet is Dorothea Röschmann. Her vocal technique and acting prowess display what a true well-rounded artist should be. 

By 2020 I would like to have gained more performance experience not just to enrich myself as a performer but to share my experience with other singers and the audience in my home country. 

Marina Botha-Spies



#Belvedere2015 #ParticipantsInTheSpotlight - Dovile Naujunaite-Mockeviciene, dramatic soprano, Lithuania

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Good day,
I am Dovile Naujunaite-Mockeviciene. Dramatic soprano from Lithuania.
The worlds best networked singing competition is a chance to show myself, see other great singers and of course  to have wonderful experience. That's why I am here.
I would like to meet with Angela Gheorghiu. Because she is wonderful singer, her interpretation of music is unique.
What about future I have a lot of objectives and much more dreams about my career. I hope this competition will help my dreams to come true. 


#Belvedere2015 #ParticipantsInTheSpotlight - Jean Chrisostom Mokola, Bass, Congo Dem. Rep.


#Belvedere2015 - Belvedere Finalists 2014 in concert at The Richard Wagner Society in South Africa

"Hear the glorious voices The Richard Wagner Society in South Africa supported in the recent International Belvedere Singing Competition:  

Linda Nteleza (soprano),
Khanyiso Gwenxane (tenor) and Owen Metsileng (baritone),

joined by another glorious voice, Bongiwe Nakani."

#Belvedere2015 #ParticipantsInTheSpotlight - Cairan Ryan, Baritone, Canada

As Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia
Opera on the Avalon 2010.
Photo Credit - Gene Wu.
Hello from Montreal! My name is Cairan Ryan, I am a Canadian baritone, and I am extremely excited to participate in the 2015 competition. I was at the 2012 competition in Vienna and the standard was very high. I'm excited to have the chance to sing for agents, companies and conductors in Europe through the competition. 

If I were on a flight, sitting next to any singer I admire, it would be Mr. Simon Keenlyside. He is one of my role models, and it would be fascinating to hear some of his stories. I'd love to pick his brain about the art form. 

In five years (crossing fingers) I hope to be continuing singing for a living, so I can do what I love, and give something back to the world.

Website: www.cairanryan.com
Twitter: @CairanRyan


#Belvedere2015 #ParticipantsInTheSpotlight - Maria-Magdalena Christova, dramatic soprano, Bulgaria

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My name is Maria-Magdalena Christova. Dramatic soprano from Bulgaria.
I participate in the competition to show my talent, to meet new people and to gain more experience. I would like to meet Montserrat Caballé or Renee Fleming, I think I can learn a lot form their experience. 
And about the future...I don't know, only time can show!


#Belvedere2015 #ParticipantsInTheSpotlight - Sam Roberts-Smith, Baritone, Australia

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G'day my name is Sam Roberts-Smith. Baritone from Sydney, Australia.

The prestige and reputation of the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is undeniable. Past participants have gone on to have hugely successful international careers. It offers prizes and opportunities that are potentially life changing. I feel very lucky just being part of the 2015 competition.

Ever since I began my studies, I have looked up to baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. He possesses one of the great voices of our time and has enjoyed enormous success around the world. It would be a wonderful experience meeting him.

In 5 years I would like to have established an international career, performing on concert platforms and in opera houses around the world. I will be continuing to work hard while also enjoying the journey.


#Belvedere2015 #ParticipantsInTheSpotlight - Cathy Van Roy, Soprano, Belgium

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Hi there!
My name is Cathy Van Roy and I'm a Belgian operasinger. 
This competition gives me a great opportunity to present myself and my voice to the world of opera. I definitely would like to meet Jessye Norman, 'cause she has an amazing voice and a wonderful personality. She has always been an example to me. I see myself in 5 years on a stage, performing some fabulous music, and having a blast!!!

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