Specialist InSinging (baritone)
BiographyBenno Schollum (born in Klagenfurt) studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Voice (Dalberg), Lied and Oratorio (Roman Ortner u. Robert Schollum) and vocal pedagogy. Already in his last year of training, he received a lectureship in speech training at "his" vocal department, where he teaches until today.
Masterclasses in Austria, England and the USA as well as the book “German for Singers” published by Schirmer, New York, which meanwhile has become THE standard work at most American universities, round off his educational work.
As a singer he performed with a repertoire ranging from oratorio, song and opera to operetta and musicals with conductors such as Yehudi Menuhin, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Zoltan Kocsis, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Adam Fischer, Krzysztof Penderecki, Mstislav Rostropovich, Stanislav Skrowacewski, Stefan Soltesz and Tamas Vasary and orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, San Francisco Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra and RTVE Madrid, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tchaikovsky Orchestra Moscow, Orchestra Verdi Milano, Orchestra dell 'Arena di Verona and the RSO Vienna in the most important concert halls in the world. In the film adaptation of "Freischütz" by CM von Weber, he plays Kuno in a top international ensemble (www.huntersbride.com).
His discography includes: "Wilhelm Busch in word and tone" (with Stephan Paryla and Russell Ryan); Schubert's “Winterreise” (Graham Johnson, piano), Tschaikovsky's “Iolanta” (Tchaikovsky Symphony Moscow, Vladimir Fedoseyev) and under the direction of Lord Yehudi Menuhin: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Schubert Masses, Handel's “Messiah” and Haydn's “Creation”. In June 2012 the complete recording of the opera "Wallenstein" by Jaromir Weinberger was made with the RSO Vienna under Cornelius Meister.