CCM highlights alumni guest artists who will return to campus for the Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase in a series of alumni spotlight stories.
Award-winning mezzo-soprano Helene Schneiderman (MM Voice, 1979; AD Opera, 1981) sings Rossini’s “Cruda sorte” from L’Italiana in Algeri in CCM’s Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase this Saturday, April 21. She also closes the concert with fellow CCM alumna Tamara Wilson, soprano, in a performance of Strauss’ “Champagne Song” from Die Fledermaus with the CCM Philharmonia.
Schneiderman was born in Flemington, New Jersey and began her studies at Westminster Choir College. After graduating from CCM, Schneiderman moved to Germany, where she joined the Heidelberg Opera Ensemble in 1982 and has been a member of the Staatstheater Stuttgart since 1984.
In addition to her work with Stuttgart, she has made guest performances with many major European and American opera companies, including Munich State Opera, Karlsruhe, Düsseldorf, Orlando and New York City Opera. From 1982 to 1987, she appeared regularly at the Heidelberg Schlossfestival and at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro in 1990. In 1998, Schneiderman was given the prestigious title of Kammersängerin from the City of Stuttgart, at the time she was the youngest singer ever to have been so honored. She made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Zweite Dame in The Magic Flute conducted by Bernard Haitink. She has also worked with Leonard Bernstein, Dennis Russell Davies, Giuseppe Patané, Sir Georg Solti and Alberto Zedda.
As well as her operatic commitments, Schneiderman has developed a varied concert career and has appeared widely in oratorio and lieder recitals. Her most notable performance was at the 1989 Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Germany where she sang Arias and Barcarolles by Leonard Bernstein in the presence of the composer. She has also recorded the Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson by Aaron Copland on compact disc with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under Dennis Russell Davies.
In 1990, Schneiderman appeared as Smeaton in Anna Bolena at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and repeated her interpretation of the role at the Vienna Konzerthaus in 1994 alongside Edita Gruberová. For the 1994-95 season, she returned to the Concertgebouw to sing Queen Henrietta in I Puritani conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig. In Stuttgart she has had much success, most notably as Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno D’ulisse in Patria, as Rosina in The Barber of Seville and the title role of Carmen. In the 1995-96 season, she made her debut at the Royal Opera House performing Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, with a cast that included Cheryl Studer and Barbara Bonney, conducted by Bernard Haitink. She also sang Suzuki in Madama Butterfly for the New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv and made her role debut as Isabella in L’Italiana in Algieri in Stuttgart.
In the following seasons, Schneiderman returned to the Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Dorabella in Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed production of Così fan tutte. In Stuttgart she sang Meg Page in Johannes Schaaf’s new production of Falstaff, Bradamante in Jossi Wieler’s new production of George Frideric Handel’s Alcina, Ottavia in The Coronation of Poppea and a highly successful role debut with the title role of Giulio Cesare. She made her debut at the Opéra National de Paris in two runs of The Magic Flute. She also returned to the Royal Opera House for further performances of Dorabella in Così fan tutte conducted by Sir Colin Davis as well as to the Salzburg Festival for a highly acclaimed Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro. She made successful debuts with Seattle Opera as Olga in Eugene Onegin and with San Francisco Opera, where she sang Bradamante in Alcina and returned for a much acclaimed Rosina in The Barber of Seville.
In 2008, she was honored with the Otto Hirschfeld Medal, and in 2010 she was awarded the Baden-Württemberg Order of Merit. Her repertory includes Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Teresa (La sonnambula) and Ottavia (The Coronation of Poppea). She is also known for her performances of Jewish song.
Learn more about the Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase concert and view a complete list of guest artists at ccm.uc.edu/about/villagenews/save-the-date/sesquicentennial-alumni-showcase.
SESQUICENTENNIAL ALUMNI SHOWCASE CONCERT
STRAUSS: Overture to Die Fledermaus (1874); featuring the CCM Philharmonia led by Christopher Allen
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82 “Emperor” (1811); featuring Anton Nel, piano
WALLER: Ain’t Misbehavin’; featuring Janelle Reichman, saxophone
WARREN: There Will Never Be Another You; featuring Janelle Reichman, saxophone
WAGNER: “Mild und leise,” from Tristan und Isolde (1859); featuring Tamara Wilson, soprano
ROSSINI: “Cruda sorte,” from L’Italiana in Algeri (1813); featuring Helene Schneiderman, mezzo-soprano
SCHUMANN: Konzertstück for Four Horns, Op. 86 (1849); featuring Allene Hackleman, Julie Beckel Yager, Nathaniel Willson, Jennifer Paul, soloists
BROWN: “A Summer in Ohio,” from The Last Five Years; featuring Betsy Wolfe, vocalist, with Roger Grodsky, conductor
BAREILLES: “She Used to Be Mine,” from Waitress; featuring Betsy Wolfe, vocalist, with Roger Grodsky, conductor
SCHWARTZ: “Meadowlark,” from The Baker’s Wife; featuring Betsy Wolfe, vocalist, with Roger Grodsky, conductor
SAINT-SAENS: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61; featuring Yang Liu, violin
STRAUSS: Champagne Song from Die Fledermaus; featuring Tamara Wilson, soprano, and Helene Schneiderman, mezzo-soprano
8 p.m. Saturday, April 21
Please note: UC’s Nippert Stadium will also host an FC Cincinnati game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The full FC Cincinnati Soccer game schedule can be found at www.fccincinnati.com/2018-schedule.
Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Tickets for CCM’s Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase Concert are $20 general, $15 non-UC students, and FREE for UC students with a valid ID.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice for CCM Box Office hours and location.
PARKING AND DIRECTIONS
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.
For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation