Roland Schneider Countertenor

Roland Schneider initially worked in retail and studied voice with Professor Gabriele Fuchs at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.

As a member of the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding the countertenor could be seen in numerous roles: as Giulio Cesare in Egitto by Handel, Radames in the chamber opera of the same name by Péter Eötvös, Ruggiero in Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso, Prinz Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Die Nacht by Einar Schleef, as Mephisto in Aventure Faust (world premiere) by Jan Müller-Wieland and in The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell.
With various independent ensembles he developed roles like Perseo in Andromeda liberata by Antonio Vivaldi, Polinesso in Ariodante by Handel as well as Orpheus and Eurydice by Christoph Willibald Gluck in the version by Hector Berlioz.

During his studies Schneider debuted at opera houses in Kiel and Frankfurt/Main, at the Handel Festival in Halle, the Music Festival in Potsdam, as well as at the Cantiere internationale d’Arte in Montepulciano with the Italian premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s opera Luci mie traditrice. There was also a revival of this work at the Oper Frankfurt/Main. The newspaper The Guardian awarded the recording of it “CD of the month”, produced by the Stradivarius label. In addition, this production is also available on DVD.

Concerts and guest appearances led Roland Schneider to Istanbul, to the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, to the Ruhrtriennale in Essen, to The Summer Festival in Stuttgart at the Castle Solitude, to the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Hercules Hall at the Munich Residenz.

Debuts in the current season are at the Tonyeong International Music Festival in South Korea in Luci mie traditrici, the Edinburgh International Festival in Dido and Aeneas, the Clonmel Junction Festival, Ireland, in Orfée et Euridice as well as at Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz in the title role of the world premier Der Flaschengeist by Wilfried Hiller. Further performances will continue at Oper Frankfurt, Landestheater Niederbayern and Kosmostheater Vienna.

Guest appearances in the 2011/12 season took the countertenor to opera houses in Bonn for the world premiere of Robert S., by Sergej Newski, Georg Katzer, Annette Schlünz, Karola Obermüller and Peter Gilbert, to Landestheater Niederbayern as L’Ospite in Luci mie traditrici by Salvatore Sciarrino and as L’umana fragilita and Pisandro in Monteverdi’s Ulisse as well as Landestheater Coburg, where he sang Goffredo in Handel’s Rinaldo.

2012/13 repeat appearances in Frankfurt: Dido and Aenes, Bonn: Das Nusch-Nuschi by Paul Hindemith and Coburg: Rinaldo as well as in Vienna: Talestri, regina delle amazzoni by Maria Antonia Walpurgis.

He has worked, among others, with Anna Viebrock, Christoph Nel, Barrie Kosky, Christian Pade, Kobie van Rensburg, Roland Schwab, Jakob Peters-Messer, Mira Ebert, Hendrik Müller, Michael Hofstetter, Constantinos Carydis, Erik Nielsen, Olof Boman, Kai Röhrig, Roland Kluttig, Christoph Hammer, Ruben Dubrovsky and Marco Angius.

Roland Schneider has collaborated repeatedly with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He sang the role of the Martian in the children’s opera Die drei Kosmonauten (world premiere) by Wilfried-Maria Danner under the direction of Thomas Kalb. Redaktion U 21 filmed an internet video which appeared at the Klassik Lounge at Lenbachplatz. A portrait entitled Heldengesang in höchsten Tönen (Speaking Highly of Helden-Song) was recorded for Deutschlandradio Kultur.

He has completed courses with Ralf Popken, Axel Köhler, and Rudolf Piernay, has studied Lied with Donald Sulzen and was taught by Céline Dutilly.