HCA NEWS Bo Skovhus appointed Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador

Sunday 12 September, Danish opera singer Bo Skovhus was appointed as Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador shortly after performing at the annual classical music festival in the town of Herning.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 13 September 2004

When Bo Skovhus performed at the Herning High School on Sunday 12 September, the limelight shone more than ever on Denmark's great opera and lieder singer. Shortly after his performance at the opening concert of this year's classical music festival in Herning and Ikast - Klassisk Musik Festival 336 - he was appointed Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador.

Director of Public Affairs for the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation, Christian Have, presided over the appointment and stated the following in his speech:

"Bo Skovhus has with his voice and profound understanding of music brought about what Hans Christian Andersen did with pen and paper. With his subtle awareness of what appeals to people in storytelling, he has become one of the great narrators of our time. The choice of Bo Skovhus as Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador is therefore a natural and obvious choice, and he will with his unique voice bring the "Funen Nightingale" to the world."

The Danish singer has experienced a fairytale-like career and has become an internationally acclaimed interpreter of lieder and grand classical opera and performs at the world's leading operas.

As patron for the KMF 336, Bo Skovhus represents the finest the region can foster of artistic talent, and as Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador he will stand as an example for hopeful emerging young artists in the region and the nation.

In his acceptance speech, Bo Skovhus stated:

"Hans Christian Andersen has followed me all my life; he is someone I have brought with me wherever I go, now that I no longer live in Denmark. His fairytales are highly valued when I read them to my little daughter, and together with her I ponder his deep and beautiful stories. It is a great pleasure for me to help not only her but the entire world open their eyes to our great storyteller."

It is no coincidence that Bo Skovhus was appointed in connection with the opening of the ambitious KMF 336 festival. The classical musical festival has been created to classical music talent within the region. Young aspiring talents perform side by side with artists who once themselves where hopeful young talents, and who now return home as professional, international singers and musicians.

Bo Skovhus' talent was nurtured in his hometown Ikast from an early age, and with his motivation and willpower and musical training he became one of Denmark's great stars on the international opera and lieder stage.

Bo Skovhus is known for his magnificent and evocative storytelling and his versatile voice. Last year he appeared in the much acclaimed staging of La Bohème by the National Danish Opera along with his personal friends, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu. He performed Korngold's Die Tote Stadt in Salzburg, and currently he is rehearsing for the original French five-act version of Don Carlos in Vienna.

With the opening of KMF 336, music lovers can look forward to two weeks of a wide variety of performances by homecoming singers and musicians. Bo Skovhus opened the festival with style with a performance of Schubert's lied cycle Schwanengesang.

On Tuesday 21 September at 7:30 at Exhibition Centre Herning, the three tenors, Peter Lodahl, Michael Kristensen, and Jens Krogsgaard, will perform highlights from the world of opera accompanied by Prinsens Livregiments Musikkorps.

On Sunday 26 September at 4 pm, the festival finale will be performed by the Ringkøbing County Amateur Symphony Orchestra, soloists, and a local choir, also in the Exhibition Centre Herning.

Furthermore, compositions by Bach, Händel, Mozart, Weyse and many more will fill churches, schools, libraries, and museums offering free concerts with local talents and professional musicians.