Gerard Schneider

Tenor

"However, the palm undoubtedly goes to Gérard Schneider as General Sir Philip Wingrave, who...has a clear and powerful tenor voice...also probably the only singer whose every word was audible."

Bachtrack

"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

"Austrian-Australian Tenor Gerard Schneider is the real deal. His rich, expressive tenor was full of desire."

Berkshire Fine Arts

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Born of both Austrian and Australian parentage, tenor Gerard Schneider returns to the ADOS program at Juilliard School of Music for the Season 2016-17, where his performance obligations include the role of Boris Katya Kabanova alongside a series of scenes performances, masterclasses and recitals.  Already an experienced performer due to his early start in musical theatre roles in Australia, Gerard’s upcoming guest appearances this season include a gala concert of Viennese song with the Macao Orchestra and the tenor part in a world première oratoria entitled Mary Gordon with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin.

Gerard recently enjoyed great success in the role of Osaka Iris at Bard SummerScape Festival with Leon Botstein, and unexpectedly went on to sing the title role Idomeneo at Ireland’s Kilkenny Festival under the baton of Christian Curnyn; outstanding reviews for both appearances indicate this young artist is clearly on his way to a successful career.

In 2014, Gerard appeared in the title role La Clemenza di Tito in Salzburg and at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and made an appearance as a featured soloist in Der Rosenkavalier with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder. The same year, Gerard was a member of the Young Artist Program at the Salzburger Festspiele where he appeared as Ruiz alongside Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko and Francesco Meli in Il Trovatore with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Daniele Gatti. Gerard also appeared at Welsh National Opera and in Gustav Holst’s Savitri at Glazunov Hall and Sheremetev Palace in St. Petersburg.

Mr Schneider studied voice with Yvonne Kenny at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a member of the highly regarded Opera course, following which he completed the prestigious Young Artist program at the National Opera Studio in London in 2015 where he was sponsored by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Currently at Juilliard, he studies with Edith Wiens.

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German Forum Concert at the Lincoln Center, NY

November 2016

The special moment occurred when tenor Gerard Schneider was singing Richard Strauss' "Allerseelen". The poet tells of the sole day of the year when one is able to reunite with loved ones who are no longer on this earth. Mr. Schneider sang it with a depth of feeling that leapt right from his heart to ours. It was the kind of connection we dream about and what every singer longs to achieve. Our eyes brimmed with tears.

By contrast, he sang Strauss' "Zueignung" with a blend of tenderness and passion that was thrilling to hear. Here is a tenor well on his way to superstardom who knows exactly how to use his gorgeous instrument. He also sang selections from Schumann's Dichterliebe with great control of dynamics and color.

And if one wanted something lighter, he gave us "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz", the well known aria from Franz Lehar's Land des Lachelns; he sang it ardently and the audience were completely enraptured.

Voce di meche, Meche Kroop, 17 November 2016

Idomeneo, Kilkenny Arts Festival

August 2016

The singing is excellent, led by a thrilling performance by tenor, Gerard Schneider plucked from relative obscurity of studies at Julliard 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, Cathy Desmond, 13 August

The youthful Austrian-Australian Gerard Schneider (whose credits include the title role in La clemenza di Tito in Salzburg) was new to Idomeneo, replacing a sick John Mark Ainsley at three weeks’ notice—mind you, that’s about a week more than Mozart’s original cast had to learn the piece in the first place! Though slightly book-bound in the recitatives, there was nothing tentative about the glorious power with which he dispatched ‘Fuor del mar’. The warm, Italianate sheen of his tenor was a constant pleasure, not least in its distinctive mezza voce. Schneider is already a superb singer, and given time he’ll be a superb Idomeneo.

Opera Magazine, Christopher Webber, December 2016

German Forum Concert at the Lincoln Center, NY

November 2016

The special moment occurred when tenor Gerard Schneider was singing Richard Strauss' "Allerseelen". The poet tells of the sole day of the year when one is able to reunite with loved ones who are no longer on this earth. Mr. Schneider sang it with a depth of feeling that leapt right from his heart to ours. It was the kind of connection we dream about and what every singer longs to achieve. Our eyes brimmed with tears.

By contrast, he sang Strauss' "Zueignung" with a blend of tenderness and passion that was thrilling to hear. Here is a tenor well on his way to superstardom who knows exactly how to use his gorgeous instrument. He also sang selections from Schumann's Dichterliebe with great control of dynamics and color.

And if one wanted something lighter, he gave us "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz", the well known aria from Franz Lehar's Land des Lachelns; he sang it ardently and the audience were completely enraptured.

Iris, Bard SummerScape Festival

July 2016

The heroic tenor arias of the villainous Osaka call to mind Strauss’s challenging music for Bacchus in “Ariadne auf Naxos,” still more than
a decade in the future...Gerard Schneider’s imposing tenor made Osaka’s libido vivid.

The Wall Street Journal, Heidi Waleson, 26 July 2016

Tenor Gerard Schneider lends great variety and range to Osaka’s pleas for Iris’s favors.

​Cultural Weekly

Gerard Schneider acquitted himself well of the difficult task of singing the delicate tessitura in the serenade “Apri la tua finestra"

Bachtrack, Edward Sava-Segal, 25 July 2016

Gerard Schneider showed appealing tenor timbre as the scheming suitor Osaka, a role evidently designed around its creator
Fernando De Lucia’s remarkable ability to sing in the upper passaggio.

Opera News, David Shengold, 24 July 2016

Australian tenor Gerard Schneider played the amorous Osaka ... with a voice whose timbre had ... a satisfying Italianate robustness

WQXR/Operavore, David Patrick Stearns, 25 July 2016

Tenor Gerard Schneider lends great variety and range to Osaka’s pleas for Iris’s favors.

Cultural Weekly, David Sheward, 27 July 2016

Austrian-Australian Tenor Gerard Schneider is the real deal. His rich, expressive tenor was full of desire.

Berkshire Fine Arts, Susan Hall and Djurdjija Vucinic, 25 July 2016

Gerard Schneider’s beefy tenor pumped Osaka’s passionate phrases full of testosterone.

The Observer, James Jorden, 25 July 2016

Tenor Gerard Schneider impressed as Osaka, the opera's anti-hero. His bright tone and bold onstage presence made this character's dimensions come out, testament to the skill of the libretto and his acting as well as the power of his singing.

Super-Conductor, Paul J. Pelkonen, 26 July 2016

Osaka, the youth who sets his sights on Iris, was sung with a limpid, gleaming upper register by Gerard Schneider. [His voice] never loses potency and his “Apri la tua finestra” serenade was spun out gorgeously...

Opera Teen, 24 July 2016

Gerard Schneider's full-throated tenor met all of Mascagni's challenges.

Voce di meche, Meche Kroop, 24 July 2016

Gerard Schneider’s romantic hero tenor, a pleasure-obsessed youth, who seduces and perverts innocence.

Imby, Andrew Appel, 31 July 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, 31 July 2016

Tenor Gerard Schneider worked his gleaming tones expertly to educe the many facets of the preening young libertine Osaka – cad, narcissist, sybarite, even callow, would-be romantic. Indeed, from the moment of Williams’ and Schneider’s entrance, perched above the horizon, ebon-clad, spying down upon Iris like two great predatory birds, they exerted a hypnotic fascination...

My Scena, Charles Geyer, 6 August 2016

As Osaka, Gerard Schneider sang in a handsome, clarion tenor that he moulded to an elegant croon for the softer, seductive passages in Act 2.

Opera Magazine, Eric Myers, December 2016

Gala Concert, Internationale Meistersinger Akademie

July 2015

The charismatic tenor Gerard Schneider did not only thrill by the volume of his voice; both during and after his performance he showed unmistakable how close to his heart music is.

Michael David, Mittelbayerische Zeitung

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