The BelCanto Academy in the Black Forest

In cooperation with internationally famous belcanto specialists like Alberto Zedda, Raúl Giménez, Kurt Widmer, Lorenzo Regazzo, etc., Rossini in Wildbad established an education program which became an academy dedicated to the study of bel canto in 2004.

One of the first workshops was held by a rising mezzosoprano star: the young Joyce DiDonato and this was certainly the first or one of the first of her marvellous masterclasses she ever held. This happened during a Cenerentola project, including a workshop in collaboration with the Theaterakademie August Everding Munich, which at that time was preparing a Cenerentola production of its own. Our resulting NAXOS CD with Joyce DiDonato, José Manuel Zapata, Bruno Praticò and Paolo Bordogna under the baton of mythical Alberto Zedda is still regarded as a state of the art recording and reference of interpretation.

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