Roland Schneider Countertenor

Der Flaschengeist

...the malevolent but extremely charming Flaschengeist [Genie] is a countertenor…with his wonderful voice, Roland Schneider outstandingly masters the difficult part. from 24 January, 2014

And fortunately there were the singers, who were also challenged as actors. Roland Schneider, whose talent had already attracted attention as a student of the Everding Akademie, sweeps the board with his perfect countertenor and his gift for acting. As the narrator, Flaschengeist [Genie] and slimy priest, he succeeds in becoming the incarnation of sly evilness.

TZ from 25 January, 2014

Roland Schneider is a fabulous Flaschengeist [Genie]; with verve he makes the specialty of a lyric-dramatic countertenor his own.

SZ from 25 January, 2014

Hiller also thought up some magical sounds: there is a terribly…beautiful devil with a cloven hoof, played and sung by a countertenor (magnificently talented: Roland Schneider).

Donaukurier from 26 January, 2014

Storyteller Tusitala, which is what the Samoans called Stevenson during his five-month stay on Hawaii, is sung by countertenor Roland Schneider with such wild, thrilling intensity that the audience cannot help but get impatient waiting for his later appearance as genie demon. This is then followed up with some stage witchcraft, spectacular with silver ribbed skin and nearly bald, his movements elegant and eccentric, similar to Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean”. from 27 January, 2014

O, you virtuous Roland Schneider, hopefully you won’t ever have to go back into your bottle!... When the person who is the center of the whole evening, namely Roland Schneider, escapes from his bottle and takes form, then the harps begin: soft and magical, they accompany his frightening appearance, sometimes in ascending smoke, sometimes wrapped in fabulous, fairytale lighting effects. This character is a whole lot of fun! With his naked torso, a cloven hoof and a few red strands of hair eliciting associations of devil’s horns, Flaschengeist [Genie] intrigues and schemes throughout the story. vom 29.1.14

But shining brightest of all is the countertenor Roland Schneider as the masterfully singing, diabolical Flaschengeist [Genie] as well as the slobbering priest,...

Nürnberger Nachrichten from 31 January, 2014

The part of the mean genie, Tusitala, is more multifarious, whose facets countertenor Roland Schneider performs with relish,...

Münchner Feuilleton in Februar 2014

…, countertenor Roland Schneider showed a peak performance as he pressed the velvety smooth, gruesomely sharp, devilish sounds out of his wildly battered devil’s frame. His intensive scheming and demonic demeanor provoked ghastly anxiety, which had more than merely nine-year-old children retreating deeper into their seats.

Das Orchester in April 2014

Rinaldo, Landestheater Coburg

Roland Schneider is the first countertenor to appear on stage in Coburg. In the role of Goffredo he demonstrates his coloratura dexterity at the highest registers and astounds with his pointed portrayal.

Coburger Tageblatt, 18 June, 2012

The superlatives are accumulating in this premiere: while the extremely flexible, pleasantly warm countertenor Roland Schneider as the colourful commander Goffredo impresses us with his intoxicating coloratura ...

Neue Presse, 18 June, 2012

A special pleasure was Roland Schneider’s Goffredo. The countertenor’s voice possessed a varying array of vocal nuances and was very resonant.

Opera point, 18 June, 2012

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Landestheater Niederbayern

In dazzling coloratura the countertenor Roland Schneider brings L' Umana fragilitá to the point.

Landshut aktuell, 7 March, 2012

...while countertenor Roland Schneider stands out among the freelancers with his exalting comedy.

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 5 March, 2012 well as countertenor Roland Schneider, who play in their own league in this discipline. Their coloratura are not only on the mark, but are clearly sculpted, their slim sound not muffled, but driving it home – Monteverdi becomes twice the pleasure.

Passauer neue Presse, 13 December, 2012

The freelancers, who make Penelope’s lonely life in waiting difficult, also knew how to convey their most entertaining game to the public. Costumed with extravagant glasses and copious jewellery, they played vain, sex-obsessed flamboyant characters.

BR Klassik and BR 5, 13 February, 2012

Luci mie traditrici, Landestheater Niederbayern

...The soloists on stage accomplished quite a task: Ekkehard Abele, Roland Schneider, Nikolaus Meer and especially Mandie de Velliers-Schutte go far beyond the borders of what is seen in traditional musical theatre these days both musically and vocally, giving an overwhelming ensemble performance in every respect.

Landshuter Wochenblatt, 2 February, 2012

...Fantastic! Also the singers, in terms of voice and acting…countertenor Roland Schneider, (Lover) brilliant.

Landshut aktuell, 1 February, 2012

...Great listening moments were bestowed; particularly the singers were brilliant without exception. One can bow deeply for this achievement.

Bayerische Staatszeitung, 23 December, 2011

...these singers deserve our utter admiration (La Malaspina- Mandie de Villiers-Schutte, Il Malaspina- Ekkehard Abele, L'Ospite- Roland Schneider, Un Servo- Nikolaus Meer) for having to sing the unsingable.

Straubinger Tagblatt, 22 December, 2011

...with this voice and this woman, Roland Schneider (also contributing to the latest CD production), a pastel-luminous countertenor, harmonised most beautifully as the Lover. For the 32-year-old in his loosely worn petrol-coloured shirt simultaneously embodies a seductive man...

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 20 December, 2011

Calandro by Giovanni Alberto Ristori, Music Festival Potsdam

...and also countertenor Roland Schneider could call on a whole array of convincing emotions for his arias. The climax of the performance was the duet in Act 2, in which their calmly flowing, lyrical voices particularly moved the audience...

Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten, 14 June, 2011

Luci mie traditrici by Salvatore Sciarrino, Oper Frankfurt

....the seemingly adolescent-like seducer “Ospite” (the countertenor voice full of character: Roland Schneider)...

Frankfurter Rundschau, 16 May, 2011

…The performance is carried by four first-rate singers. (…) …demonstrate they are mature singers, presenting the artificial song with the greatest naturalness.

Frankfurter Neue Presse, 16 May, 2011 well as countertenor Roland Schneider, a vocally seductive guest (...) are an excellent addition to the quartet.

Offenbach Post, 16 May, 2011

...Roland Schneider portrays Ospite with a beautiful, expressive countertenor voice...

Der neue Merker, 16 May, 2011

...The four singers and the scaled-down Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra conducted by Erik Nielsen manage quite an achievement, elevating Sciarrino’s finely engraved musical cosmos to the cosmos of the audience., 16 May, 2011

Ariodante (Polinesso, Ensemble “Cosi facciamo")

... How harmonic infamy can sound, was demonstrated by countertenor Roland Schneider in the role of the scoundrel, Polinesso, who exuded maliciousness from every pore. His tenet dazzled wholeheartedly: “I want justice, love and fame!” A plan that is not so easy to realise, especially while swinging three firearms around.
Forging his schemes, the countertenor descended with the orchestra to subtle discords.

Luxemburger Wort, 4 April, 2011

Orpheus und Eurydike, Berlioz/Gluck, “Dorf macht Oper“

.... “Bravo!” called someone in the audience as the countertenor Roland Schneider as Orpheus briefly sank to the ground and the music seemed to fall silent. (...) Roland Schneider had a seemingly tailor-made role as countertenor. “His performance can’t be praised highly enough”, Tast commented in reference to the two performances that took place on Saturday.

Märkische Allgemeine, 31 May, 2010

Orlando furioso by Antonio Vivaldi, Prinzregententheater Munich

...How great that Valer Barna-Sabadus as Orlando and Roland Schneider as Ruggiero, so two grandiose, young countertenors as male protagonists in their own right, able to form something like one character..., das Online-Magazin, 10 November, 2009

... with soft, graceful song, Roland Schneider endows Ruggiero with greatness and beauty...

Das Opernglas, January 2010

...If there is an individual achievement to highlight, then it is Ruggiero’s devotion to the beguiling Alcina. How countertenor Roland Schneider is able to sustain the intimacy of his song for this long is captivating.

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 12 November, 2009

...It is not the leading role of Valer Barna-Sabadus (also very memorable and elegant, certainly), who is second to none, but rather Roland Schneider....Despite his cold, the 30-year-old was able perform an enchantingly tender, angel-like interpretation of intoxicated and then disappointed love.

Straubinger Tagblatt, 27 November, 2009

...the beguilingly soft, warm countertenor Roland Schnieder...

Münchner Merkur, 11 November, 2009

...With Valer Barna-Sabadus, Roland Schneider and Augustine Mercante, we have three outstanding countertenors at our disposal...

SZ Extra, 5 November, 2009

...and the counter-boys’ (Valer Barna-Sabadus, Roland Schneider!) complaining and celebrating was to die for...

AZ München, 10 November, 2009

The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell, Prinzregententheater Munich

...Roland Schneider renders a very special touch to the show as bizarre, wired countertenor...

Münchner Merkur, 13 February, 2009

...In the original it lives off a theatre academy’s strong ranks, who first need to mature.
Trouble-maker Dimitrij Schaad (Puck) and Roland Schneider’s clownish countertenor are well on their way...

AZ München, 13 February, 2009

...both in terms of singing and acting, only countertenor Roland Schneider (Party guest) is convincing; he masters even lower registers with brilliance...

Bayerische Staatszeitung, 13 February, 2009

...and it is the opportunity for a real discovery in the countertenor discipline: Roland Schneider....

Donaukurier, 14 February, 2009

Weihnachtsoratorium by J. S. Bach

...With his sense of empathy, alto Roland Schneider makes the concert one of the cultural highlights of the Christmas season...

Freisinger Tagblatt, 9 December, 2008

Andromeda liberata by Antonio Vivaldi, Ensemble “Opera Incognita“

...the radiant voice of countertenor Roland Schneider (Perseo) was just as cultivated, powerful and stylistically confident as his young female colleagues...

AZ München, 8 September, 2008

…Top notch, young singers all deserve applause, the highly melodious counter Roland Schneider (Perseo) with what is conceivably the saddest song of heartache...

TZ München, 8 September, 2008

...the excellent young countertenor Roland Schneider with extraordinary stage presence...

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 9 September, 2008

...Apart from the eponymous heroine Katharina Schwarz, the cheering on the evening of the premiere was centred above all upon the countertenor Roland Schneider, as Perseus, who created the highlight of the show by performing his aria “Sovvente il sole” with virtuosity...

Münchner Merkur, 8 September, 2008

Radames by Peter Eötvös, Prinzregententheater Munich

...Yes, there is a reason why Renate Ackermann gathers performers, musicians and audience on the stage of the Prince Regent’s Theatre, (…) The reason is Roland Schneider (…) He brilliantly masters the two and a half octaves demanded by Eötvös and with outstanding calm and beauty of sound he confronts the idiotic vocal lines (…) – Schneider answers the question of emotions on stage with magical ease. He suffers, loves and dies in enchanting beauty. And in this he overcomes any satire.

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 31 March, 2008

... Roland Schneider has to struggle with all three long-afflicted main roles, but he is masterfully able to find the original Verdi again and again between Peter Eötvös sounds and manages the often very abrupt changes between registers with ease. Should the future invoked here one day actually become reality, at least we don’t have to worry about him. And until then, there will surely be some interesting tasks awaiting the young countertenor.

Münchner Merkur, 31 March, 2008