Roberta Cunningham is an American trained opera singer/voice teacher, currently living in Germany where she has resided since 1980. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelors degree in Voice Performance, a Bachelors Degree in Education and finally a Masters Degree in Opera Performance. She continued her studies at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz in 1980 (1982 and 1983) and the Hochschule für Music und Darstellende Kunst in Hannover, Germany. Her career started at the Kammeroper in Vienna and continued at the Stadtstheater in Hildesheim (1985 to 1990), Münster, (1990 to 1993) and the theater in Rudolstadt (1993 to 1995) with guest performances in Leipzig, Bremerhaven, Osnabrück, Gießen, Trier, Luzern, and Cairo. Her roles include Mimi, Manon Lescaut, Pamina, Fiordiligi, Vitellia, Desdemona, Luisa Miller, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Maddalena (Andre Chenier), Rosalinde, Kurfürstin (Vogelhändler) (among others). She has, as well, been a part of the ensemble for the Premiere German Production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”. (1997 to 2000). Roberta has been teaching for over 20 years and is administrator, teacher and co-founder of the Neil Semer Vocal Institute which has been running since 1997, as well as teacher and guest lecturer at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz. She is a sought after speaker and masterclass leader and teaches privately in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Mannheim, and Alzenau as well as in Aarhus, Denmark, Vienna, Austria, and in Dubai!
Roberta will host Tisch Talks – informal one-on-one Q&A discussions about living in Europe, singing for a living, audition repertoire, general advice for singers, etc. She will also present Living & Working in Europe lectures, Mindfulness for Singers classes, How to Create a German Resume class, and the Breathing & Posture Workshop.