Where do I come from?
From Landshut in Lower Bavaria.
Why do I sing?
In singing, we constantly work with (old) texts. During his or her lifetime, a composer apparently had the desire to set a certain text to music and thereby make a statement. What could be behind it, and how can the statement be transferred to our time? That's why I'm interested in singing.
And what do I like apart from singing?
My own personal musical highlight?
I was often lucky enough to be able to make music with my friends.
Life mottos are not my thing.
Bass-baritone Jakob Schad was born in 2000 in Landshut, Lower Bavaria, Germany. At the age of nine, he commenced his vocal training in the same city and quickly garnered early solo performance experience. He earned the first prize at “Jugend Musiziert”,a renowned German competition, twice. Subsequently, he participated in the Detmold Summer Academy, where he had the opportunity to meet his first professor, Lars Woldt.
In 2016, Schad was admitted to the Junior Department of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, where, under the guidance of Prof. Lars Woldt, he embarked on his vocal studies during his high school years. Since 2018, he has been a full-time student in Munich, completing his Bachelor’s degree in summer 2022. After that he started his Master´s in Concert Singing in the winter semester of 2022 at the same institution, where he is now a part of Prof. Christiane Ivens´ Class. He has also received valuable musical guidance from industry-leading teachers such as Gerold Huber, Christian Gerhaher, Jörg Widmann, Ian Bostridge, Hartmut Höll, Malcolm Martineau, and Thomas Hampson.
Schad made his debut at the Kammeroper München in 2019, leading to numerous guest performances throughout the German-speaking countries. In 2020, he was granted with the Trude Eipperle-Rieger Prize, presented by the foundation of the same name in collaboration with the International Hugo Wolf Academy Stuttgart. Furthermore, in 2022, he was awarded the Youth Culture Prize of his hometown, Landshut. He was a part of the Lied Academy Heidelberg in the 2022/23 season, under the direction of Thomas Hampson, what provided him with an opportunity to deepen his engagement with the Lied genre. Since 2023, he has been a scholar of Live Music Now München.
His repertoire encompasses a multitude of concert works, ranging from the Bass-Solo part and Jesus figures in Bach’s Passions to Brahms‘ „Ein deutsches Requiem,“ as well as the grand cycles of Schubert, such as the „Winterreise“ and the „Schwanengesang,“ which he regularly performs with various duet partners. On the operatic stage, he has notably portrayed characters such as Figaro in Mozart’s opera “Le nozze di Figaro” and Baculus in Lortzing’s „Der Wildschütz.“