Benno Schachtner, countertenor

Benno Schachtner succeeded in establishing himself as one of the most promising German countertenors in the course of the last season. Meanwhile he is working regularly with René Jacobs and he will return to Handel Festival Halle after his successful debut there in the title role of Handel’s Arminio.

Initially he sings Bach’s St. John Passion with René Jacobs conducting in Milan and Torino. At Potsdam festival he will appear in Scarlatti’s Il promo omicidio. Afterwards he makes his Canada-debut in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Toronto, followed by his US-debut in Handel’s Messiah in Seattle. Concerts with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin will bring him to Berlin and Munich, scenic performances of Bach’s St. John Passion to Klara Festival Brussels and a new production of Handel’s Sosarme to the Handel Festival Halle.

Most important engagements of the recent season include: a CD recording Water Music with Capella de la torre in cooperation with BR/SONY, a concert tour with Helsinki Baroque Orchestra with René Jacobs conducting, the revival of Arminio at Handel Festival Halle and the role of Angel/Boy for 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”.