Gerard Schneider

Tenor

Biography

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.

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Reviews

“But the most memorable portrayal of the evening was Gerard Schneider’s wonderfully Gallic Nicias, brimming with finesse and joie de vivreThe Australian-born tenor, in an auspicious company debut, offered the perfect antidote to Athanaël’s dour lessons in anhedonia; one felt the audience relax—and then smile—en masse

Larry Fuchsberg

Opera News

“Tenor Gérard Schneider played the foil brilliantly, convincingly portraying the sybarite Nicias in way that made you want to forget all about the spiritual and succumb to the pleasures of easy living. Moreover, Schneider managed to make us really care about the character – something that isn’t particularly easy with this role.”

Phillip Nones

Bachtrack

“Gerard Schneider provided a colorful foil to Meachem as the sybaritic Nicias in his Minnesota Opera debut. Ardent and irreverent where Meachem was straight-laced and sober, Schneider’s ringing tenor made a sharp impression”

Terry Blain

Star Tribune

More Reviews

“Mr. Schneider brought out Boris’s desperate longing for Katya through his plangent singing during their illicit love scene…”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

“Both tenor Gerard Schneider and bass Daniel Mirosław brought real bel canto virtues to the first scene of Der Kaiser.
Their singing suggested that even in the harshest of realms, beauty can thrive.”

Fred CohnOpera News

“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…”

Cathy Desmond, Irish Examiner 

“Nicias’ Alexandria is the embodiment of sensual excess and wild abandon, and Schneider’s smartly sung Nicias is wholly comfortable in being the leader of an orgiastic following … In addition to his strong vocal performance, Schneider proved to be a commendable dancer as well, briefly joining the dance troupe in a section of the opera’s second act ballet.”

Opera Warhorses

“Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, die arie des Prinzen Sou Chong, interpretieret von Gerard Schneider, setzte den Glanzpunkt zur Gala.
Die grandiosen stimmen wurden mit tobendem applaus, roten Rosen, grossen Blumenbuketts
und beifallsbekundungen des Orchesters belohnt…”

(Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, the aria of Prince Sou Chong , interpreted by Gerard Schneider was the highlight of the gala . The grandiose voices were rewarded with rapturous applause, red roses ,large bouquets of flowers and the applause of the orchestra …)

Marlen News