The Austrian-Australian tenor Gerard Schneider is currently studying singing with Yvonne Kenny as part of the prestigious opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Among recent engagements with Australian companies, including the State Opera of South Australia, Co-Opera, West Australian Opera and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, have been Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Rodolfo (La bohème), Bardolfo (Falstaff), Don Riccardo (Ernani), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance) and the Defendant (Trial by Jury). He has also been heard as Alfred (Die Fledermaus) with Clonter Opera and as Don Basilio and Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro) in Wiesbaden and at the Bregenz Festspielhaus.
Among the roles that he has sung as a student at the Guildhall are the title role in Debussy’s L’Enfant prodigue, Jacopo in I due Foscari, Ramon in Massenet’s La Navarraise and General Sir Philip Wingrave and the Narrator in Britten’s Owen Wingrave. Within the framework of the Guildhall’s ‘Opera Scenes’ he has also appeared as Fenton (Falstaff), Captain Vere (Billy Budd), Massenet’s Werther, Mozart’s Tito and Nicholas Garrigan in Stephen McNeff’s The Last King of Scotland. As part of a study course at the Salzburg Mozarteum he also sang Tito in a production of La clemenza di Tito in March 2014, a role he reprises in Fiesole in July 2014.
Among Gerard Schneider’s prizes are a Phoebe Patrick Award, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Prize, the David Harper Prize and the Australian Opera Auditions Committee Prize at the Australian Singing Competition in 2011. In 2014 he was a finalist in the Royal Over-Seas League Singing Competition.
As a member of the Young Singers Project Gerard Schneider will be heard as Ruiz in Il trovatore at the 2014 Salzburg Festival.
*Member of the Young Singers Project
Current as of June 2014