Benno Schachtner succeeded in establishing himself as one of the leading German countertenors in the course of the last season.
Opera engagements of the season 2018/19 include his debut at the Theater an der Wien in a new production of Händel’s Teseo. He will also have his debut at the Opéra de Paris (Palais Garnier) in a new production of Scarlatti’s Il primo omicido (director Romeo Castellucci), both under the baton of René Jacobs. Benno Schachtner will sing this role again at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. The countertenor will collaborate with the Freiburger Barockorchester, Hamburger Ratsmusik, Collegium 1704, RIAS Kammerchor, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Thomanerchor and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. He will also appear at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Recordings will bring him to Bachakademie Stuttgart a.o.
Opera engagements of the season 2017/18 included a scenic version of Bach’s Johannes-Passion at Oper Leipzig, the title role in the new production of Philip Glass‘ Echnathon at Oper Bonn, the scenic production of And You Must Suffer (Bach, Johannes-Passion) with B’Rock Gent in Rouen as well as King Arthur with René Jacobs conducting at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. Concert engagements brought him to Hamburg, Helsinki, Montreal, Prag and Stuttgart a.o.
Benno Schachter is working regularly with René Jacobs, who engaged him in 2016/17 for a tour to Krakau, Paris, Budapest, Frankfurt and Barcelona, presenting Bach’s Matthäus-Passion. Furthermore he sang with Maestro Jacobs conducting a new production of King Arthur at the Staatsoper Berlin. Other opera engagements included the new production of Händel’s Israel in Egypt with Potsdamer Schlossfestspiele, the revival of Sosarme at Händel Festival Halle as well as the revival of the successful scenic production of And you must suffer (Bach, Johannes-Passion) in Wroclaw and Amsterdam. Concerts brought him to Bachakademie Stuttgart, Bachfest Leipzig, to Bonn and Lübeck.
Most important engagements of recent seasons include: Johannes-Passion in Mailand and Turin with René Jacobs; Scarlattis Il primo omicidio at Schlossfestspiele Potsdam, his Canada debut in Bach‘s Weihnachtsoratorium in Toronto, followed by his US debut with Handel’s Messiah in Seattle; Concerts with Akademie für Alte Musik in Berlin and Munich, the title role of Sosarme at Händel Festival Halle, CD recording Water Music in cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk/SONY and Capella de la torre, a concert tour with Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and René Jacobs conducting, the revival of Arminio at Händel Festival Halle as well as the Swiss premiere of Benjamin’s Written on Skin at Theater St. Gallen.
Among previous opera engagements are Ottone in a new production of Monteverdi’s Incoronazione di Poppea and the title role of Giulio Cesare at Theater Erfurt. He sang Prince Medoro in the revival of Triumph der Liebe at historical theatre Bad Lauchstädt. In the season 2011/12 he made his debut at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin in Cavalieri’s Rappresentazione di anima et di corpo and his debut at State Theatre Braunschweig in Handel’s Saul.
Benno Schachtner was born in 1984 in Illertissen (Bavaria). As a boy soprano and soloist with the “Ulmer Spatzen” he made several trips at home and abroad (including Luxembourg, Holland and Japan). He repeatedly was awarded at the competition „Jugend musiziert“ on state and federal levels (state champion in Baden-Wuerttemberg). 2004 to 2009 Benno Schachtner studied at the Detmold Academy of Music church music with Prof. Gerhard Weinberger and 2008-2010 in the singing class of Prof. Heiner Eckels. In September 2010 he joined the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in the singing class of Prof. Ulrich Messthaler. He is the first countertenor in the history of prestigious Bach International Competition Leipzig who received the title “Bachpreisträger” and, in addition to that, the Orchestra Prize. Already in 2010 he was awarded “Best Young Singer of Nordrhein-Westfalen”.
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