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BENNO SCHACHTNER, countertenor

Benno Schachtner, countertenor, is widely regarded as one of the most captivating singers in his field. With a special focus on music of the German Baroque period, he is much in demand as a soloist with some of the best ensembles committed to historic performance practice.


Invited to perform at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, the young countertenor gave his festival début in 2011 with the Belgian baroque orchestra B’Rock in Cavalli’s opera La Calisto. The next year, his début performance at Berlin Staatsoper took place under the baton of René Jacobs with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin in Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo.


Accompanied by the Canadian Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, in 2013 he accepted an invitation to perform at the International Bach Festival in Seoul, Korea. That year he also made appearances at the Bachfest in Leipzig, at the Halle Handel Festival, and at the Sanssouci Music Festival in Potsdam – in collaboration with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, the Norsk (Norwegian) Barokkorkester and the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra.


Through recent CD productions (harmonia mundi france, Sony Classical, etc.) with René Jacobs, Stefan Temmingh, and Christoph Spering, this exceptional singer has broadened his musical horizons.


Upcoming highlights in Mr Schachtner’s 2016/17 agenda include performances of J. S. Bach’s St John Passion with Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Stuttgart International Bach Academy, as well as with Andreas Spering conducting B’Rock. He will cover the title role in Handel’s opera Sosarme at the Halle Handel Festival, and will sing in Purcell’s King Arthur at Berlin Staatsoper.


Schachtner is the first countertenor in the history of the Leipzig Bach competition to have won two important prizes in the same year. In 2012 he was awarded not only the main prize, but received a further distinction as winner of the Orchestra Prize. In 2010 he had already been chosen as the best shooting star in his field in North-Rhine Westphalia.


In his first course of studies at the Academy of Music in Detmold he studied church music, and completed his Master's degree in the specialty of organ under the tutelage of Prof. Gerhard Weinberger in 2009. He went on to study early music at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, where he completed a further Master's degree in vocal studies with Prof. Ulrich Messthaler.


Season 2016/2017 (representation: Concert different countries | Management: Daniela Spering | Administration: Stephanie Watin)

General management opera: IA-AC


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