Valentin and Anni Leitgeb Foundation
1st Prize Opera 2009
"I would not be where I am, if I had not participated in the Belvedere Singing Competition. I was able to present myself in only one audition to many international opera and casting directors, without having to travel from one audition to another."
1st Prize Opera 2013
"I will never forget the great night at Amsterdam." - 1st Prize Winner Dong-Hwan Lee. Engagements awarded by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London and the Cape Town Opera as well as Special Prizes: “Max jong-talentprijs” and "Crescendo Prize".
1st Prize Opera 2011
„Thank you for everything. I understand the Belvedere Competition as my greatest career move. I am very, very grateful.“ Highlights of future seasons include leading roles at Semperoper Dresden, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and San Francisco Opera.
1st Prize Opera 2010
After winning the Belvedere Competition in 2010 Antonio Poli has made a big career in opera. Among future projects he will perform Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London in 2014.
1st Prize Operetta 1988
"I often and gladly remember ´Belvedere´ - it has changed my life." The soprano is member of the Wiener Staatsoper since 1991/92 and appeares on the stages of many important opera houses like Bavarian State Opera Munich or the opera house of Zurich.
3rd Prize Opera 2008
After winning the 3rd prize of the Belvedere Competition Heidi Melton was engaged at the Metropolitan Opera and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She also stepped in on short notice to sing Sieglinde in Die Walküre at the Deutsche Oper Berlin to great acclaim.
1st Prize Opera 2008
In the current season, the Chinese Soprano Guanqun Yu returned to the MET for the role of Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and to Valencia for the role of Maria Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra.
1st Prize Opera 2002
Fom the time of his professional operatic debut at the Teatro alla Scala in 2002 as Don Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia, Burak Bilgili has enjoyed a busy international career. His upcoming engagements include Nilakantha in Lakme for L’opera de Montréal.
1st Prize Opera 2000
Matthias Rexroth won two of the most important international singing competitions: the 37th Francesco Viñas Competition and the 19th Belvedere Singing Competition, where he got further eight special prizes. He is one of the most renowned countertenors.
2nd Prize Opera 1998
Since the beginning of the 2012/13 season Rachel Harnisch belongs to the ensemble of Zurich Opera House, where she sings roles like Contessa, Michaëla or Antonia.
3rd Prize Opera 1997
Barbara Haveman, born in Groningen, The Netherlands, is winner of many international competitions. Some of her future engagements are Falstaff at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Rusalka at the Monte Carlo Opera.
2nd Prize Opera 1995
Elisabete Matos has debuted Isolda at Campoamor de Oviedo recently, and after her huge success as Minnie at Metropolitan Opera, she will return soon for Nabucco’s Abigaille. Next engagements also include Turandot at Beijing Opera House.
1st Prize Opera 1989
After winning the Belvedere Singing Competition Peter Edelmann has sung in renowned opera houses like in Dresden, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Washington , New York and at the Wiener Staatsoper.
John M. Mordler
Chair of the Jury
Israeli Opera Tel Aviv
Helikon Opera Moscow
Cape Town Opera
Jesús Iglesias Noriega
De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam
Royal Opera House Covent Garden London
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München
Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf - Duisburg
Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Nordland Music Festival Norway / The Kirsten Flagstad Festival
Chairman / Artistic Director
Alard von Rohr
A pro just classics / Festliche Operngala der Deutschen AIDS-Stiftung
Geschäftsführer / Künstl. Leiter
Houston Grand Opera
Director of Artistic Administration
Deutsche Oper am Rhein