The International Singing Competition for Young Opera Singers
Final Rounds: May 30 through June 06, 2020 in Jurmala (Latvia)

International Belvedere Singing Competition: Finals 2020 in Jurmala cancelled


The final rounds and the finals of this year's International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition have to be cancelled. All singers who have already qualified will automatically be in the final rounds next year.

"We are very sorry. We tried until the very end to make the finale week happen. However, the worldwide effects of the pandemic make it impossible to hold a final event and award the prize winners this year," explain organisers Isabella Gabor and Holger Bleck. Initially, it seemed that a postponement to autumn was possible, but now our partners in the Latvian city of Jurmala, where the finals should have taken place, have finally cancelled the event.
Therefore, the qualification rounds still planned for this year were stopped and postponed to next year – with the exception of the qualifying rounds on 21st August in Irkutsk (Russia), on 4th September in Varazdin (Croatia), on 13th September in Zurich (Switzerland) and on 23rd September in Madrid (Spain). All these auditions will count towards the final rounds in 2021. So far 201 out of 619 already registered singers have participated in qualifying rounds in 20 (out of 70 planned) cities, 38 of them have already qualified. Their commitment has not been in vain; they now have the chance to prove their skills in the 2021 final rounds and win cash prizes and attractive engagements at the world's most important opera houses. Singers whose qualifying rounds could not take place may decide whether their applications remain valid for 2021 or whether they would like to have their fees refunded.
The International Belvedere Competition will be continued next year. "We want to continue to offer young people the chance of an international opera career," say the organisers. Negotiations for a venue for the final rounds and the 2021 finals are already under way. Current developments will be announced as soon as possible on the homepage www.belvedere-competition.com.

Monika Unegg
Press Officer
unegg@belvedere-competition.com

Isabella Gabor & Holger Bleck
General Management
office@belvedere-competition.com

Why Participate?

1061 Singers

The Belvedere Competition is one of the largest competitions for young opera singers in the world. 1061 singers participated in 2019. Become part of the global singing elite and start your international opera career!

53% Engagement Ratio

8 engagements were awarded by the Opera Jury in 2019 to the 15 finalists. This makes a commitment rate of 53.3%.

27 Jury Members

The Opera Jury in the final rounds is composed exclusively with opera and casting directors of the most prestigious opera houses, who award additional engagements to the participants. The international Media Jury in the final rounds awards the additional Media Prize.

19 Professional Observers

Numerous singers’ agents and representatives – 45 in 2019 – of international opera and concert houses visit the final rounds as observers. They have made the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition into a veritable “Wall Street of Voices”. It’s your “springboard” to a career in opera.

71 Qualification Cities

The international qualifying rounds are held each year on all continents and gives young, highly talented opera singers the best access to the professional opera world.

39 Years of Experience

The Belvedere Singing Competition started in 1982, making it one of the renowned and best networked singing competition in the world.

Singers in the Final Rounds after 20 out of 71 Qualifications

Jolyon Loy. Photo: Matt Marcus

Jolyon Loy

Baritone / Bass

Tiitus Ylipää. Photo: Pasi Järvenpää

Tiitus Ylipää

Baritone / Bass

Sam Carl. Photo: Tommy Ga-ken Wan

Sam Carl

Baritone / Bass

Yuliia Zasimova. Photo: Dan Purzhash

Yuliia Zasimova

Soprano

Georgi Dimitrov. Photo: Tsvetan Babechki

Georgi Dimitrov

Baritone / Bass

Bryndís Guðjónsdóttir. Photo: Melissa Zgouridi Studios

Bryndís Guðjónsdóttir

Soprano

Michaela Berova. Photo: Yana Eremina

Michaela Berova

Mezzo-Soprano / Alt

Magdalena Todorovska

Magdalena Todorovska

Soprano

Natalia Iakimova

Natalia Iakimova

Mezzo-Soprano / Alt

Linsey Coppens

Linsey Coppens

Mezzo-Soprano / Alt

Josef Jeongmeen Ahn. Photo: Eunkyu Shin

Josef Jeongmeen Ahn

Baritone / Bass

Iryna Kyshliaruk. Photo: Amandine Lauriol
Rui Su. Photo: SU RUI

Rui Su

Baritone / Bass

Alina Druhak

Alina Druhak

Soprano

Sanna Iljin. Photo: Ilkka Vuorinen

Sanna Iljin

Soprano

Polina Kumylganova

Polina Kumylganova

Soprano

Serhii Moskalchuk

Serhii Moskalchuk

Baritone / Bass

Leo Hyunho KIM. Photo: Shirley Suarez

Leo Hyunho KIM

Baritone / Bass

Monika Buczkowska

Monika Buczkowska

Soprano

Singers in the Finals 2019

Katia Ledoux. Photo: Jerzy Bin

Katia Ledoux

Mezzo-Soprano / Alt

  • Handshake Awarded Engagement:
    Theater Erfurt
Margaux de Valensart. Photo: István Borzás
Bonsu Ku

Bonsu Ku

Baritone / Bass

Boikhutso Owen Metsileng

Boikhutso Owen Metsileng

Tenor

  • Trophy2nd Prize Opera
  • TrophyHans Gabor Prize
  • Handshake Awarded Engagement:
    Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Sol Her

Sol Her

Soprano

Slávka Zámečníková. Photo: Alfheidur Erla

Slávka Zámečníková

Soprano

  • Trophy3rd Prize Opera
Vero Miller. Photo: Farina Grieb

Vero Miller

Mezzo-Soprano / Alt

Pablo Martinez

Pablo Martinez

Tenor

  • Handshake Awarded Engagements:
    Stadttheater Klagenfurt
    Dzintari Concert Hall
Kalvis Kalnins. Photo: Pauls Zvirbulis

Kalvis Kalnins

Baritone / Bass

Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha

Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha

Soprano

  • TrophyAudience Prize
  • TrophyCS Rising Stars
  • Handshake Awarded Engagement:
    Operngala für die Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung
Maksym Nazarenko

Maksym Nazarenko

Baritone / Bass

Erica Petrocelli. Photo: Suzanne Vinnik
Valeriia Savinskaia

Valeriia Savinskaia

Soprano

  • Trophy1st Prize Opera
  • TrophyMedia Prize
  • Handshake Awarded Engagements:
    Deutsche Oper Berlin
    Theater Dortmund
Egor Zhuravskii. Photo: Ruslan Condrashin

Egor Zhuravskii

Tenor

  • TrophyWil Keune Prize
  • Handshake Awarded Engagement:
    Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Annika Schlicht. Photo: Simon Pauly

Annika Schlicht

Mezzo-Soprano / Alt

Finals at Jurmala 2018 © Dzintari Concert Hall