The International Singing Competition for Young Opera Singers
Final Rounds: June 20 through June 27, 2021 in Erfurt (Germany)

39th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. Finals set to take place at the Theater Erfurt in June 2021


The preparations are in full swing – the finale week of the 39th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition will take place from 20th to 27thJune 2021 at the Theater Erfurt in Germany. All Singers who qualified in 2020 or will qualify in 2021 will participate. The 2021 qualifying rounds have already started.

The 39th Belvedere Singing Competition which already began in 2020 and was interrupted due to the pandemic will continue in 2021. The final rounds originally planned for June 2020 in Jurmala in Latvia will now take place in the German city of Erfurt.

Isabella Gabor and Holger Bleck have been managing the Belvedere Singing Competition together since 1999 and are excited about the current prospects. “We are delighted that Guy Montavon, General Director of the Theater Erfurt, has invited us to come to Germany. Guy Montavon has been a juror of the Belvedere Competition for years. We highly appreciate his invitation, especially during these trying times.”

“The Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is one of the few top-class competitions in its field. Through high standards and a renowned jury, the Competition functions as a steppingstone for young talents to launch their careers. We, the Theater Erfurt, are delighted to be this year’s hosts. The fact that the Competition is one of the first to take place again this year is a silver lining on the horizon” says Mr. Montavon.

Because of last year’s circumstances special rules for this year’s Competition have been agreed on. All singers who qualified in 2020 will automatically compete at the final rounds in Erfurt, even if they are past the age limit this year. In 2020, 594 candidates applied for participating. The Belvedere Competition hosted qualifying rounds in 25 of, originally planned, 70 cities. 59 singers could already qualify last year for the final rounds. Information concerning the terms 2021 will be found at the Competition’s website www.belvedere-competition.com.

“We are very happy that we can continue to offer young people the opportunity of an international opera career. This year, we have again invited opera and casting directors of renowned opera houses around the world,” say the organisers. This includes the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, the Sächsische Staatsoper – Semperoper, The Israeli Opera Tel-Aviv-Yafo, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Bolshoi Theatre in Russia among others.

The finals of the 38th International Belvedere Competition took place in July 2019 in the Austrian city of Villach and hosted by the Carinthian Summer Music Festival, during which eight prizes and ten engagements to opera houses and festivals have been awarded.

Press release, March 29, 2021

Why Participate?

1110 Singers

The Belvedere Competition is one of the largest competitions for young opera singers in the world. 1,110 singers participated in 2019. In 2020, the competition took place only on a very restricted basis due to the pandemic. Become now part of the global singing elite and start your international opera career in 2021!

67% Engagement Ratio

10 engagements were awarded by the Opera Jury in 2019 to the 15 finalists. This makes a commitment rate of 66.67%.

21 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.

9 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.

24 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 25 Qualifications in 2020 and 4 out of 26 Qualifications in 2021

Sanna Iljin. Photo: Ilkka Vuorinen

Sanna Iljin

Soprano

Andrés Esteban Sulbarán Oicatá. Photo: Jonathan Conts

Andrés Esteban Sulbarán Oicatá

Tenor

Rui Su. Photo: SU RUI

Rui Su

Baritone / Bass

Josef Jeongmeen Ahn. Photo: Eunkyu Shin

Josef Jeongmeen Ahn

Baritone / Bass

Serhii Moskalchuk

Serhii Moskalchuk

Baritone / Bass

Frederic Mörth. Photo: Aaron Cawley

Frederic Mörth

Baritone / Bass

Georgi Dimitrov. Photo: Tsvetan Babechki

Georgi Dimitrov

Baritone / Bass

Polina Kumylganova

Polina Kumylganova

Soprano

Magdalena Todorovska

Magdalena Todorovska

Soprano

James Kim

James Kim

Tenor

Olivia Doutney. Photo: Augustin Laudet

Olivia Doutney

Soprano

Leo Hyunho KIM. Photo: Shirley Suarez

Leo Hyunho KIM

Baritone / Bass

Veronika Schäfer

Veronika Schäfer

Soprano

Tiitus Ylipää. Photo: Pasi Järvenpää

Tiitus Ylipää

Baritone / Bass

Iryna Kyshliaruk. Photo: Amandine Lauriol
Sam Carl. Photo: Tommy Ga-ken Wan

Sam Carl

Baritone / Bass

Natalia Iakimova

Natalia Iakimova

Mezzo-Soprano / Alt

Yuliia Zasimova. Photo: Dan Purzhash

Yuliia Zasimova

Soprano

Alina Druhak

Alina Druhak

Soprano

Gustavo Enrique Castillo Yepez. Photo: Luciano Romano
Bryndís Guðjónsdóttir. Photo: Melissa Zgouridi Studios

Bryndís Guðjónsdóttir

Soprano

Dan D'Souza

Dan D'Souza

Baritone / Bass

Nicole Wacker

Nicole Wacker

Soprano

Monika Buczkowska

Monika Buczkowska

Soprano

Vyacheslav Vasilyev. Photo: Ilya Korotkov Photography

Vyacheslav Vasilyev

Baritone / Bass

Carolina López Moreno. Photo: Tom Bässler
Michaela Berova. Photo: Yana Eremina

Michaela Berova

Mezzo-Soprano / Alt

Jolyon Loy. Photo: Matt Marcus

Jolyon Loy

Baritone / Bass

Polina Seliverstova

Polina Seliverstova

Soprano

Linsey Coppens

Linsey Coppens

Mezzo-Soprano / Alt

Singers in the Finals 2019

Erica Petrocelli. Photo: Suzanne Vinnik
Bonsu Ku

Bonsu Ku

Baritone / Bass

Pablo Martinez

Pablo Martinez

Tenor

  • Handshake Awarded Engagements:
    Stadttheater Klagenfurt
    Dzintari Concert Hall
Vero Miller. Photo: Farina Grieb

Vero Miller

Mezzo-Soprano / Alt

Annika Schlicht. Photo: Simon Pauly

Annika Schlicht

Mezzo-Soprano / Alt

Slávka Zámečníková. Photo: Alfheidur Erla

Slávka Zámečníková

Soprano

  • Trophy3rd Prize Opera
Egor Zhuravskii. Photo: Ruslan Condrashin

Egor Zhuravskii

Tenor

  • TrophyWil Keune Prize
  • Handshake Awarded Engagement:
    Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Kalvis Kalnins. Photo: Pauls Zvirbulis

Kalvis Kalnins

Baritone / Bass

Sol Her

Sol Her

Soprano

Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha

Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha

Soprano

  • TrophyAudience Prize
  • TrophyCS Rising Stars
  • Handshake Awarded Engagement:
    Operngala für die Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung
Margaux de Valensart. Photo: István Borzás
Maksym Nazarenko

Maksym Nazarenko

Baritone / Bass

Katia Ledoux. Photo: Jerzy Bin

Katia Ledoux

Mezzo-Soprano / Alt

  • Handshake Awarded Engagement:
    Theater Erfurt
Boikhutso Owen Metsileng

Boikhutso Owen Metsileng

Tenor

  • Trophy2nd Prize Opera
  • TrophyHans Gabor Prize
  • Handshake Awarded Engagement:
    Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Valeriia Savinskaia

Valeriia Savinskaia

Soprano

  • Trophy1st Prize Opera
  • TrophyMedia Prize
  • Handshake Awarded Engagements:
    Deutsche Oper Berlin
    Theater Dortmund
final rounds in Erfurt 2021 - photo in the background © Theater Erfurt - photo in the center © Ferdinand Neumüller