Joseph Schuster

Joseph Schuster


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2017Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama)Chekalinsky
2017Holst, Sāvitri, Op. 25Satyavān
2016Floyd: SusannahSam Polk
2015Sullivan: RuddigoreRichard Dauntless
2015Heggie: Dead Man WalkingA Motor Cop
2014Mozart: Der SchauspieldirektorMonsieur Vogelsang
2013Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di PoppeaSoldato pretoriano I / Famigliari II / Lucano
2013Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di PoppeaSoldato pretoriano II / Liberto / Console


Joseph Schuster, tenor, will be seen this fall as Satyavan in Savitri by Gustav Holst at Northwestern University.
A Wisconsin-native, Schuster has been living and singing in the Chicago-area for six years. This past June, he sang Chekalinsky in The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky at Russian Opera Workshop. In the Chicago-area, Schuster was recently seen workshopping Hans Thomalla's new opera, Dark Spring as Melchior, as well as performances of scenes from Vanessa by Samuel Barber.
The 2016-17 year saw performances in Chamber Opera Initiative's third season, singing the roles of Billy in Weill's Das Mahagonny Songspiel, the Minister in The Princess and the Pea by Ernst Toch, and Robert in Hin und zurück by Hindemith. He was selected to perform in Northwestern University Philharmonia's "Night at the Opera" concert, singing excerpts from L'elisir d'amore as Nemorino under the baton of Dr. Robert Hasty, and was a throat-singing soloist with Northwestern Symphonic Band in excerpts from Arctic Dreams by Michael Colgrass under the baton of Dr. Shawn Vondran.
Solo operatic experience includes the performance of excerpts from Eugene Onegin and Susannah at SongFest in Los Angeles, the role of Odoardo (Ariodante) at Chautauqua Music Festival, as well as performances as Richard Dauntless (Ruddigore), the Motorcycle Cop (Dead Man Walking), M. Vogelsang (The Impresario), and various roles in L’incoronazione di Poppea at Northwestern University.
Before beginning his Master’s studies at Northwestern University, Schuster received his Bachelor’s degree with honors from Northwestern as well. He currently studies with W. Stephen Smith and Alan Darling.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama) Chekalinsky 1 week Russian Opera Workshop 2017
Holst, Sāvitri, Op. 25 Satyavān Ryan Opera Theater, Bienen School of Music 2017
Floyd: Susannah Sam Polk No -- 2016
Sullivan: Ruddigore Richard Dauntless 24 hours Northwestern University 2015
Heggie: Dead Man Walking A Motor Cop 24 hours Northwestern University 2015


JoYce reed cope scholarship in voice
SongFest Scholarship
Chautauqua General Scholarship
Voice Departmental Honors: Bienen School of Music