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Bo Skovhus


Born in Ikast, Denmark, baritone Bo Skovhus studied at the Conservatory in Aarhus, the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen, and in New York. His career began 1988 at the Volksoper in Vienna with a brilliant Don Giovanni. In 1997 he was awarded the title of Austrian Kammersänger. In February 2019 he gave highly acclaimed performances as the lead in Krenek’s Karl V. at the Bavarian State Opera Munich. Other milestones of the recent past include overwhelming successes as Kusmitsch Kowaljow in Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Hamburg State Opera in 2019; as Titus in the 2018 world premiere of Michael Jarrell’s Berenice at Opéra national de Paris, conducted by Philippe Jordan; as Wozzeck at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 2017; and as the title role in Aribert Reimann’s Lear at the Paris Opera in 2016 and at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2019, both conducted by Fabio Luisi. Among the highlights of his future engagements, this summer Mr. Skovhus sings the role of Werner Albrecht in Bluthaus, one of three operas by composer Georg Friedrich Haas with playwright Händl Klaus as librettist, at Bavarian State Opera’s new Ja, Mai festival. Besides performing in the major opera houses in Europe, America, and Japan, Mr. Skovhus devotes himself intensively to lied singing. As a concert singer he has appeared with outstanding orchestras throughout Europe, U.S., and Japan. His extensive repertoire focuses on works of Gustav Mahler and of Scandinavian composers, as well as pieces such as Frank Martin’s Six Monologues from Everyman and Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony. Bo Skovhus has recorded many of the central roles of his opera and concert repertoire on CD/DVD as well as a series of recital albums.

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