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Andreas Scholl will perform at the Gran Teatre del Liceu works by Henry Purcell, John Dowland, Georg Friedrich Händel, Thomas Campion, and Joseph Hayden, accompanied on piano by Tamar Halperin.
Andreas Scholl, born 10 November 1967, is a German countertenor specialized in Baroque music. His range, male classical singer in the alto vocal range, is the same as that of the celebrated 18th century alto castrato, Senesino, for whom Handel wrote his greatest alto roles. All of his family members were singers. At age 13, Andreas Scholl sang the second boy in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Wiesbaden Staatstheater. At the age of 17 and although the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis only offered post-graduate courses (Scholl had no first degree) was offered admission on the strength and quality of his voice after singing a Schubert song for the admissions board. At the Schola Cantorum Andreas Scholl's teachers were Richard Levitt followed by André Jacobs. Violinist Chiara Banchini and soprano Emma Kirkby were major influences. He additionally studied with soprano Evelyn Tubb and lutenist Anthony Rooley.
After his Diploma of Ancient Music, for which his external examiner was James Bowman, Andreas Scholl garnered prizes from the Council of Europe and the Foundation Claude Nicolas Ledoux, and awards from Switzerland's Association Migros and Ernst Göhner Foundation. Andreas Scholl now teaches interpretation in the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, succeeding his teacher, Richard Levitt.
On Good Friday of 1993, at Rene Jacobs' request, he sang at the Théâtre Grévin in Paris, Bach’s Johannespassion that was broadcast to a radio audience which included William Christie, a specialist in baroque repertoire and founder of the ensemble Les Arts Florissants. Shortly after, Christie and Scholl met on a train. The 1994 recording of Handel's Messiah with Les Arts Florissants resulted directly from this meeting.
On 4th December 1999 Andreas Scholl sang the Agnus Dei from the B Minor Mass of J S Bach at the wedding of Belgium's Prince Filip to Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz in the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula, Brussels. In 2003, he sang it in Bach's own church of St Thomas in Leipzig.
In London, on September 2005, Andreas Scholl sang at The Last Night of the Proms, the closing concert of the world's biggest classical music festival, and became the first countertenor (until then, no countertenor had ever been invited) to appear as a solo performer in the event. Its worldwide audience through TV, radio and the internet has been estimated at 400 million.
Andreas Scholl has worked with the majority of contemporary Baroque specialists, including Chiara Banchini, William Christie, Christophe Coin, Michel Corboz, Paul Dyer, John Eliot Gardiner, Reinhard Goebel, Philippe Herreweghe, Christopher Hogwood, René Jacobs, Konrad Junghänel, Robert King, Paul McCreesh, Nicholas McGegan, Roger Norrington, Christophe Rousset, Jos van Veldhoven, Dominique Veillard and Roland Wilson. He took part in the project of Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir to record the complete vocal works of Bach.
Andreas Scholl major roles have been those written for the 18th century alto castrato Senesino: Bertarido in Handel's Rodelinda (Glyndebourne as well as The Metropolitan Opera) and the title role in Handel's Giulio Cesare in the (Royal Danish Opera).
The composer Marco Rosano created a new Stabat Mater for Andreas Scholl. The first complete performance of this work was sung by Scholl on 22 February 2008 at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney, accompanied by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra under Paul Dyer.
The German counter tenor Andreas Scholl accompanied on the piano by Tamar Halperin will give the recital in The Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona on May 16th 2011.