Born in New Jersey, USA, Helene Schneiderman studied at Westminster Choir College (Bachelor of Music) and at the College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati (Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Artist Diploma). When she finished her education in the US, she came to Germany to audition through AIMS and got her first solo position with the Heidelberg City Opera in 1982. Since 1984 she has been a member of the Stuttgart State Opera, which awarded her the title of “Kammersängerin” in 1998.
Helene Schneiderman has sung nearly 70 roles in her 38 professional years of singing. Her international career includes most major houses, including San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Seattle Opera, Paris Opera, La Scala, and New York City Opera. With Royal Opera at Covent Garden, she has sung Cherubino, Dorabella, Despina, Suzuki and Marcellina and will be returning next year for the mayor’s wife in Jenůfa. Most recent engagements include Teresa in La sonnambula in Stuttgart and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she debuted in 2018, Madame Larina, Suzuki, Prince Orlofsky, Neris in Cherubini’s Medea, and Lucilla in Jommelli’s Vologeso (Stuttgart), Annina in Der Rosenkavalier (Glyndebourne Festival, BBC Proms, La Scala Milan, Royal Opera House, Semperoper Dresden, Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera in 2017-18), Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea (Komische Oper, Berlin), Marcellina (Teatro Real, Madrid, Theater an der Wien) and both Marcellina and Larina (Onegin) (with the Canadian Opera Company) Baroness in Vanessa and the Old Lady in Candide (Santa Fe Opera).
She has taught voice privately for over 30 years and was Professor of solo voice at the Mozarteum in Salzburg for four years. In addition to her professorship, Helene Schneiderman has given Master Classes at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, at the Hamburger Hochschule für Musik und Theater, at the Vladivostok Opera Festival, and most recently at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio. In addition to Helene’s busy international Operatic career, she devotes much of her time to Oratorio and Song and teaching and coaching colleagues and young singers.