Helene Schneiderman

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Helene Schneiderman is one of the leading lyric mezzo-sopranos on the international scene. Her wide-ranging repertoire includes the major oratorios and numerous lieder from three centuries, as well as over 65 operatic roles. These range from the operas of Monteverdi, Jomelli and Handel to Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss and Adriana Hölszky’s Bremer Freiheit, from the Mozartian roles of Dorabella and Sesto to Carmen and Nancy in Martha. She specializes particularly in the Rossinian coloratura roles of Zaida, Isabella, Cenerentola and Rosina. After graduating in singing in her native America, her first engagement took her to Germany to the Heidelberg Opera Ensemble and from there to the Staatstheater Stuttgart, where she soon became a firm favorite with audiences, and where she has remained for 25 years. Guest engagements have taken Helene Schneiderman to La Scala Milan, New York City Opera, Covent Garden Opera London, Opéra National de Paris, Salzburg Festival, Glyndebourne Festival and to opera houses in Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Vienna, Rome, Tel Aviv and San Francisco, to name but a few. The list of conductors with whom she has worked ranges from the Rossini specialists Alberto Zedda and Gabrielle Ferro to Andris Nelsons and Christian Thielemann. She sang Leonard Bernstein’s songs for him as part of the Beethoven Festival 1989. Helene Schneiderman has received many honors for her work, including the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg and the title of Kammersängerin from the Staatstheater Stuttgart. For her services to Christian-Jewish cooperation she was awarded the Otto-Hirsch-Medaille. Helene Schneiderman is a Professor at the Mozarteum Salzburg.