Benno Schachtner, countertenor

Benno Schachtner succeeded in establishing himself as one of the most promising German countertenors in the course of the last season.


He 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. Before he will sing with Jacobs conducting a new prouduction of King Arthur at Berlin State Opera. Further opera engagements include the new production of Handel’s Israel in Egypt with Potsdamer Schlossfestspiele, the revival of Sosarme at Handel Festival Halle as well as the revival oft he successful scenic production of And you must suffer (Bach: Johannes-Passion) in Wroclaw and Amsterdam. Concerts will bring him to Bachakademie Stuttgart, Bachfest Leipzig and 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 Handel 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 Handel 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”.


2016/17