Bella Adamova / contralto

“A voice that apparently can do anything” – contralto and improviser Bella Adamova grew up in Prague torn between, and surrounded by many cultures. She moves between different musical periods, genres and cultures with natural ease. A native of Chechnya, she grew up in Prague, studied in Germany, Switzerland and London.

In the summer of 2022, Bella Adamova won the main prize in the oratorio category of the International Vocal Competition in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. A few weeks later in the song duo category with pianist Malte Schäfer, Bella won the 2nd prize at the international competition „Franz Schubert and Modern Music“ in Graz (the first prize was not awarded).

Beside her most recent accolades, Bella is the winner of the International Robert Schumann Competition in 2021, the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Prize at the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang in Berlin, the Czech Song Prize at the Emmy Destinn Awards in London, and the Martinů Prize at the International Dvořák Competition.

Bella has chosen the art song as her focal point. Her repertoire ranges from Bellini to Bernhard Lang, encompassing German Lied as well as Russian romances. As a recitalist the young singer has appeared at the Prague Spring, and Heidelberger Frühling festivals. She sings and improvises in duo with pianist Michael Gees with whom she has already released their debut album of improvised music ‘Blooming’ in 2019.


Bella Adamova, Michael Gees
SU 4329-2