American mezzo-soprano Helene Schneiderman made her Royal Opera debut in 1995 as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and has since returned to sing Despina (Così fan tutte), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro) for The Royal Opera.
Schneiderman was born in Flemington, New Jersey, and began her studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. She completed first her Masters and then her Artists Diploma at the University of Cincinnati College of Music. On graduating she moved to Germany; for two years she sang with the Heidelberg Opera Ensemble and in 1984 joined the Stuttgart State Theatre, where she remains as a company member. In 1998 she was made a Stuttgart Kammersängerin, then the youngest singer to be appointed to the position. During her tenure at Stuttgart she has made guest appearances around the world, including for Paris Opéra, La Scala, Milan, and in Tel Aviv and San Francisco. In 2008 she was honored with the Otto Hirschfeld Medal, and in 2010 awarded the Baden-Württemberg Order of Merit. Her repertory includes Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Teresa (La sonnambula) and Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea).
In addition to her operatic appearances, Schneiderman is known for her performances of Jewish song.
William Shimell as Don Alfonso, Sally Matthews as Fiordiligi, Charles Castronovo as Ferrando, Troy Cook as Guglielmo, Nino Surguladze as Dorabella and Helene Schneiderman as Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte © Richard Hubert Smith / ROH 2010
Helene Schneiderman in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH/Mark Douet, 2013
Carlos Chausson as Bartolo and Helene Schneiderman as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro © ROH / Mark Douet 2013