In duo with pianist Malte Schäfer, Bella won second prize in the Lied Duo category at the 11th International Chamber Music Competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” in Graz. The first prize was not awarded and the second place was shared ex aequo with the Portuguese duo André Baleiro & Pedro Costa. Watch their performance of Schubert, Schnittke, Kurtag, and more in the final below:
Bella won the Toonkunst Oratorio Prize at the 55th International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands as well as the Junior Jury Prize. “We heard a great range of colours in Bella’s performance, she got our full attention. She has a very pleasant stage presence that makes the audience feel that she ‘has everything safely in her hands’. We were impressed by her velvet chest voice and beautiful legato.”
Bella was interviewed by Marek Šulc for radio Classic Praha about her journey so far as a singer and her upcoming plans.
Listen to it here: https://www.classicpraha.cz/radio/porady/hudba-v-mileniu/bella-a-jeji-hlas/
Bella was a finalist at this year’s Cesti Competition at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. You can watch her performance from the final below:
Together with pianist Malte Schäfer, Bella recorded Schumann’s Op. 39 and Op. 40 for the video final of the International Robert Schumann Competition. In the end, both Bella and Malte were awarded prizes for their respective categories and are excited to come to Zwickau in the autumn to sing for the winners concert!
You can stream the final round here:
“…her honey-coloured voice profiles itself as a mezzo-soprano but it also manages convincing alto depths which has firstly been confirmed in two songs of Johannes Brahms. Adamova sang both songs with fervent expression and style… Adamova returned to the stage one more time to sing Gustav Mahler’s settings of Friedrich Rückert’s poems. It was evident that these songs are very dear to her, something with which she “breathes” and resonates for some time. Her heartfelt singing didn’t lack a philosophical perspective and captured the character and feel of every individual song.”Milan Bátor for Ostravan.cz
Bella was a finalist at the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin. You can watch her performances here.
Bella has been chosen to be one of the participants at the Das Lied competition in Heidelberg in February 2021!
After a fruitful week of work at the Kroměříž Summer Music Academy Bella received the special prize of Kateřina Kněžíková!
You can watch Bella’s livestream of songs by Janáček, Strauss, Wolf, and Dvořák with pianist Ahmad Hedar below!
Blooming was album of the day on Český Rozhlas Vltava with a very thoughtful review by Milan Bátor. You can listen to it here if you speak Czech. Some quotes in english below:
…one can hear more than classical opera singing on the album — the soft wordplay is supported by multifaceted declamation, melismatic ornamentation of certain vowels, or simply half-whispered words, and bending of intonation with small intervalic deviations. These are things which do come into play in classical music but, in a way, also transcend it. Bella Adamova possesses too the gift of dramatic delivery — she can develop a text to its climax and give it a certain theatrical expressivity, when it’s appropriate. The lion’s share of the overall sound is taken care of by the mysterious and introspective piano of Michael Gees, who managed to react with sensibility to the delicate nuances of the voice with a gossamer dynamic and extraordinary colourfulness across the registers.
As a laureate of the Jeunesses musicales competition Bella will make her debut singing Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Janáček Philharmonic in Ostrava in the 2020/2021 season!
At the International Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition, Bella won the Prize of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation for the best interpretation of a song by the composer as well as an honorary mention in the Opera category!
Bella’s debut album with pianist Michael Gees ‘Blooming’ is out now on Challenge Records! It features spontaneously composed songs to the texts of Marie Howe, Marina Tsvetaeva, Alexander Blok, Bella Adamova, Joseph von Eichendorff, Paul Verlaine, Yakov Polonsky as well as a Moravian and a Spanish folk song. You can find it in stores and most major streaming services!