Biography

The baritone Andrè Schuen comes from the Ladin area of La Val (South Tyrol, Italy) and grew up trilingual (Ladin, Italian and German), a versatility reflected in his current repertoire of songs. Although the cello was his instrument of choice for many years, he decided to attend the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, studying singing under Professor Horiana Branisteanu, song and oratorio under Professor Wolfgang Holzmair, and completed master's degrees under the tutelage of Kurt Widmer, Sir Thomas Allen, KS (Kammersängerin) Brigitte Fassbaender, Marjana Lipovšek, Romualdo Savastano and Olaf Bär. In 2009, Andrè Schuen was awarded the International Summer Academy prize at the Mozarteum University and achieved 1st place in the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation's song competition. He graduated from the Mozarteum in 2010 with a distinction and was awarded the Hanna Ludwig prize and the Lilli Lehmann Medal.

That same year, Andrè Schuen was a member of the Young Singers project in Salzburg and subsequently contributed to various festival productions: at the Easter festival with Simon Rattle on Richard Strauss' Salome, the same summer under Riccardo Muti on Verdi's Macbeth, and on Strawinsky's Rossignol under Ivor Bolton. In 2012, he sang the role of Morales in Bizet's Carmen at the Easter and Summer festivals in Salzburg, again under the direction of Simon Rattle. This production is now available on an EMI CD.

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. Andre Schuen is one of the few singers one could hear in three roles at the same time; as Figaro, Don Giovanni and Guglielmo in Nikolaus Harnoncourt's production of Da Ponte-Zyklus 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 for the first time with Teodor Currentzis in 2014 in Perm on the title role in Don Giovanni. In 2015, came another title role in Giovanni Paisiello's The Barber of Seville under René Jacobs at the Theater an der Wien, the role of Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte at Munich's Gärtnerplatz, and the role of Ping in Turandot at Bregenz Festival.

It has also been possible, in the current season, to hear Andrè Schuen at the Theater an der Wien; in January as Don Fernando in Beethoven's Fidelio and in April he made his debut as The Count in Strauss' Capriccio. Recently, he took on the title role in Don Giovanni under Teodor Currentzis' direction, with performances in St. Petersburg and the Konzerthaus in Dortmund, where he will now be resident for three seasons as the 'new kid on the block'. In 2016, he will give his first solo concert in this series together with the Boulanger Trio, with whom he will subsequently record a CD of Beethoven's works. Song evenings will take him, with Daniel Heide, to London's Wigmore Hall, Ingolstadt, Bamberg, Elmau Palace, Cologne's Philharmonic and the Diaghilev festival in Perm. In Spring 2015, the duo's first CD appeared, with works from Schumann, Wolf and Martin, which they were able to present at Wigmore Hall in London.

Stage highlights have been Fauré's Requiem (Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle), Britten's War Requiem (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding) and the Brahms requiem performed with German broadcaster WDR's Symphony Orchestra under Jukka-Pekka Saraste. In the current season, Andrè will make his debut in Mendelssohn's Elias in Hamburg, and perform concerts with the Orchestre de Paris under Thomas Hengelbrock (Bach and Mendelssohn), the Mozarteum Orchestra under Trevor Pinnock (Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer), and with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding (Schumann's Paradise and the Peri).