Biography

Baritone Andrè Schuen comes from the Ladin area of La Val of South Tyrol in Italy and grew up speaking three languages (Ladin, Italian and German), a versatility reflected in his current vocal repertoire. Although the cello was his chosen instrument for many years, he decided to attend the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, studying singing under Professor Horiana Branisteanu, and song and oratorio under Professor Wolfgang Holzmair. Andrè Schuen rounded off his education attending master classes held by Kurt Widmer, Sir Thomas Allen, Kammersängerin Brigitte Fassbaender, Romualdo Savastano and Olaf Bär. He graduated from the Mozarteum in 2010 with distinction. Early in his career Andrè Schuen was awarded many prizes, and in the autumn of 2016 he receives an ECHO Klassik Award as Young Artist of the Year for his first CD on the Avl label.

In 2010 Andrè Schuen was a member of the Young Singers project in Salzburg and subsequently took part in various festival productions: with Simon Rattle in Richard Strauss' Salome, under Riccardo Muti in Verdi's Macbeth, and in Stravinsky's Rossignol under Ivor Bolton. In 2012 he sang the role of Morales in Bizet's Carmen at both the Easter and summer festivals in Salzburg, again under the baton of Simon Rattle. This production is now available on a CD issued by EMI.

From 2010 to 2014 Andrè Schuen was a member of the ensemble at the opera house in Graz, starring, among others, as Jeletzky in The Queen of Spades, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, Ford in Falstaff, Papageno in The Magic Flute, the King's Herald in Lohengrin and Roi Alphonse in La favorite. He also made guest appearances in Montpellier as Don Giovanni and Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte. Andrè Schuen is one of the few singers to appear in three roles at the same time; as Figaro, Don Giovanni and Guglielmo in Nikolaus Harnoncourt's Da Ponte Cycle at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. His performances led to him winning, by an overwhelming majority, the Austrian Music & Theatre Prize as chosen by the general public. He worked together with Teodor Currentzis for the first time in 2014 in Perm, where he appeared repeatedly in his signature role of Don Giovanni. Andrè Schuen is very closely connected to the Theater an der Wien, where he has enthralled audiences and critics alike for his interpretation of the title role in Giovanni Paisiello's Il barbiere di Siviglia under René Jacobs, Don Fernando in Beethoven's Fidelio and his debut as the Count in Capriccio by Richard Strauss. The start of the 2016/17 season will see him take on the title role in the premiere of Anno Schreier's Hamlet under Christof Loy, followed by further role debut roles as Marcello in La bohème in Geneva and as Count Almaviva in a new production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro in Angers and Nantes.

Highlights on the concert podium include Fauré's Requiem (Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle), Britten's War Requiem (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding), Brahms' Requiem performed with the WDR Symphony Orchestra under Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Schumann's Paradise and the Peri with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, again under Daniel Harding. Last season Andrè Schuen celebrated his acclaimed debut in Mendelssohn's Elijah in Hamburg.

Having begun in the 2015/16 season, Andrè Schuen will be participating as the 'Junge Wilde' at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund for a total of three seasons. In May 2016 he gave his first solo concert in this series together with the Boulanger Trio, with whom he subsequently recorded a CD of Beethoven's works to be released early in 2017. In addition to his extraordinary stage presence in opera, Andrè Schuen enjoys song recitals in which he can express his musical versatility. With his pianist Daniel Heide, he has sung recitals in London's Wigmore Hall, in Oxford, at the Heidelberger Frühling and in Vienna's Konzerthaus. In spring 2015 the duo's first CD appeared, with works by Schumann, Wolf and Martin. Gerold Huber is also one of his recital partners, with whom he will make his debut at the Schubertiade in Hohenems. In the summer of 2017 Andrè Schuen will make his North American debut at the renowned Tanglewood Festival, where he will perform together with pianist Thomas Adès for the first time before an American audience. Directly afterwards he will appear at the Aspen Music Festival in a Schubert recital (together with Andreas Haefliger) and in an orchestral performance of Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer; for his interpretation of this work with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra conducted by Trevor Pinnock, he was critically acclaimed by audience and press alike.