Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Henning von Schulman takes 2nd Place at Stenhammar Competition

Henning von Schulman
Baritones continued their streak of taking top prizes at international vocal competition, as Henning von Schulman, Alexander Sukhanov and Kyubong Lee took three of the seven prizes at the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition.

Swedish bass Henning von Schulman was the most consistent singer of the night and took 2nd place, finishing behind American mezzo Chrystal Williams, who brought the house down with her rendition of "Una voce poco fa" from Rossini's Barber of Seville. The Swedish bass performed Mozart's Catalog Aria from Don Giovanni and Verdi's "Ella giammai m'amo" from Don Carlos.

Korean baritone Kyubong Lee won the coveted Stenhammar Prize for the best performance of one of the Swedish composer's songs. Russian baritone Alexander Sukhonov took 4th Prize and performed "O Carlo, ascolta" from Verdi's Don Carlos and "Kogda bi zhihn...Vymnia pichaly..." from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.

Henning von Schulman, trained at OperaAkademiet in Copenhagen where he graduated in the spring of 2013. He started his singing career in the well acclaimed Swedish male chorus Orphei Drängar, and continued on to study at the Vadstena Folkhögskola and the Malmö Academy of Music.

At the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen he has performed the prison guard in Puccini's Tosca and the messenger in Richard Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten. He also performed Masetto and the Commendatore in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Danish Opera Academy.

This Fall, von Henning will sing Walton in Bellini's I Puritani at the Tivoli Festival, as well as Henrik in Carl Nielsen's Maskerade and Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with the Royal Danish Opera.

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