Wiener luft

Exciting news: I’ve been selected to take part in the 2011 Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna at the end of June. Last year around 3000 singers applied, and 151 were selected from auditions all over the world, and this year should be similar, so I am very honoured to have been selected.

The competition is such a great oppurtunity. So many have testified to the oppurtunities that have arisen, even for those who don’t officially place.
From the website:

In 2011 the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition will see a remarkable anniversary – for no less than 30 years, the contest organised by Wiener Kammeroper has brought together up-and-coming talents and international contacts who can further their future careers.

The idea of arranging preliminary rounds on all continents and inviting the most promising artists to the main competition in Vienna is a tried and tested concept, and over the years, it has made engagements at opera houses the world over materialise for a large number of highly talented singers.In 2011, the preliminary rounds will take place in about 50 cities all around the globe from March to June. The best 150 to 160 singers will then travel to Vienna. The composition of the jury is yet another special feature of the competition: the members are exclusively expert practitioners whose job it is to hire singers. The international jury consisting of opera managers and casting directors (this year New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Vienna State Opera will be among the opera houses represented the jury) as well as agents and international media representatives have made the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition a veritable “Wall Street of Voices”.

Did I mention.. it’s in Vienna?! I can’t wait; charging the camera batteries and clearing the memory cards already! There must be a Fledermaus tour, surely?


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