Gerard Schneider

Gerard Schneider

Full Lyric Tenor

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«​“The singing is excellent, led by a thrilling performance from tenor Gerard Schneider, plucked from the relative obscurity of his studies at the JuIlliard to step in for indisposed John Mark Ainsley. Looking like a young Pavarotti, ​Schneider has an imposing stage presence with a vivid range of colour and warmth of tone that compels attention...”»
Irish Examiner, 2016 (2016)
«"...Tenor Gerard Schneider stole the show. In the role of Osaka, this young artist was the most impressive singer on the stage. From the moment he opened his mouth I was truly transfixed and besotted with the sheer beauty, power and virile sweetness of his singing. His is a soaring heart-wrenching tenor, an Italianate tenore spinto of the true romantic hero type... ...​Osaka’s character is controversial and complex....His music is so romantic and he sounds so genuine that there must be something true in his declarations of “love,” at least when the character is in Schneider’s able hands..."»
Allegri con fuoco, 2016 (2016)
«"Austrian-Australian Tenor Gerard Schneider is the real deal. His rich, expressive tenor was full of desire..."»
Berkshire Fine arts, 2016 (2016)
2018Massenet: ThaïsNicias
2018Rimsky-Korsakov: Mozart and SalieriMozart
2018Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's BrideBoyar Ivan Sergeyevich Lïkov
2018Dvořák: RusalkaPrince
2017Rossini: Stabat MaterTenor
2017Janáček: Kát'a KabanováBoris Grigorjevič
2017Alfano: RisurrezionePrincipe Dimitri Ivanovich Nehlyudov
2017Bellini: La stranieraConte Arturo di Ravenstel
2016Mascagni: IrisOsaka
2016Puccini: La BohèmeRodolfo
2016Bellini: La SonnambulaElvino
2016Mozart: IdomeneoIdomeneo
2015Ullmann: Der Kaiser von AtlantisHarlekin
2014Verdi: Il TrovatoreRuiz
2014Verdi: RequiemTenor
2014Holst: SavitriSatyavan
2014Mozart: La Clemenza di TitoTito
2014Mozart: La Clemenza di TitoTito
2013Debussy: L'enfant prodigue, L. 57Azael
2013Strauss J.: Die FledermausAlfred
2010Puccini: La BohèmeRodolfo


Hailed by the Irish Examiner as possessing “an imposing stage presence and a vivid range of colour and warmth of tone that compels attention,” Austrian-Australian tenor Gerard Schneider is acknowledged as a preeminent singer of opera, operetta and song. Having developed a strong international presence, Mr. Schneider has appeared throughout the world, including major debuts at the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Wexford Festival Opera, and the Salzburger Festspiele in repertoire spanning the Bel Canto, Romantic and Verismo styles.
In the 2018/19 season, Gerard Schneider will join the Ensemble at Oper Frankfurt, performing the Prince in Rusalka and Der Hirt in Krol Roger. He will also make his debut in the title role of Gounod’s Faust in a new production at Opera Omaha and return to Bard SummerScape for three projects celebrating the works of Alexander Pushkin: the role of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart & Salieri, Count Lykov in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride, and an afternoon concert featuring settings of Pushkin poetry by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tschaikovsky, Shostakovich and others.
In the 2017/18 season, Gerard Schneider found great success at the Wexford Festival Opera for his portrayal of Prince Dimitri in Alfano’s Risurrezione directed by Rosetta Cucchi. Other debuts included the Metropolitan Opera as the tenor soloist for the annual New York City Parks concerts, Arturo in Bellini’s La Straniera with Antony Walker and Washington Concert Opera, and Nicias in Massenet’s Thaïs with Minnesota Opera. Finally, he joined the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in a concert with orchestra entitled An evening of Verdi, directed by Stephen Wadsworth, and conducted by Evan Rogister.
Highlights of past operatic work included the title role in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in Salzburg and again at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Satyavan in Holst’ Savitri with the Melos Sinfonia for his debut in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Glazunov Hall and Sheremetev Palace, the role of Osaka in a new production of Pietro Mascagni’s Iris at the Bard SummerScape, directed by James Darrah, Danilo in Die Lustige Witwe at the Kyoto Summer Music Festival in Japan, the title role in Boris Blacher’s Romeo und Julia with the Ensemble Modern in live performances in Frankfurt and Alzenau, Germany, Brian Irvine and Neil Martin’s new opera, Mary Gordon, at the Dublin Concert Hall in Ireland with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and the title role in Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in the historic St. Canice’s Cathedral, conducted by Christian Curnyn.
Additional repertoire and appearances have included the State Opera of South Australia, the West Australian Opera, and Clonter Opera in operatic roles including Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème, the title role of Debussy’s L’enfant Prodigue, Jacopo in Verdi’s I due Foscari, as both General Sir Philip Wingrave and the Narrator in Britten’s Owen Wingrave, Luigi in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, Bardolfo in Verdi’s Falstaff, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and as both Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro in the Wiesbaden Maifestspiele and the Bregenz Festspielhaus in Austria.
A consummate concert artist, Gerard Schneider has appeared in concerts of operatic and song repertoire with the London Symphony Orchestra, Die Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Macao Symphony Orchestra in China, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, The German Forum at Lincoln Center, the New York Festival of Song with Steven Blier, the Bavarian Radio Studio, Steingraeber Hall in Bayreuth, and with the Salzburg Camerata. Mr. Schneider has also performed Verdi’s Requiem at the Canterbury Cathedral and Mineola Choral Society, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.
While in residency at Juilliard under the tutelage of Edith Wiens, Gerard Schneider appeared as Boris Grigoryevich in a new production of Janacek’s Katya Kabanova, Harlekin in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, both at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Lincoln Center, and appeared as tenor soloist in the Juilliard Songfest in Alice Tully Hall alongside pianist Brian Zeger. Other training includes the Young Singer’s Project with the Salzburger Festspiele, where he appeared as Ruiz in Il trovatore alongside Anna Netrebko and Francesco Meli, the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Gremany, and as a resident artist at the Manchester Festival in Vermont. Mr. Schneider has also appeared in masterclasses with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and Fabio Luisi, the latter culminating in an orchestral performance of La Bohème, where he sang Rodolfo. Additional education was completed at The Guildhall School, Universität Mozarteum and The National Opera Studio in London.
Past awards include the Phoebe Patrick Award, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Prize, the David Harper Prize, the Australian Opera Auditions Committee Prize at the Australian Singing Competition and the Tait memorial prize at the 2014 Royal Over-seas League Singing Competition. Mr. Schneider was also a finalist in the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis which culminated in a public broadcast with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie under the baton of Justin Brown at the Landau Jugend-Stil Festhalle, and appeared as part of the accompanying SWR (Südwestrundfunk) documentary, Landau sucht den Opernstar.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Massenet: Thaïs Nicias Minnesota Opera 2018
Rimsky-Korsakov: Mozart and Salieri Mozart Bard Music Festival 2018
Rimsky-Korsakov: The Tsar's Bride Boyar Ivan Sergeyevich Lïkov Bard Music Festival 2018
Dvořák: Rusalka Prince Oper Frankfurt 2018
Rossini: Stabat Mater Tenor Immediately Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle 2017