Tenor ALAN SCHNEIDER has appeared in opera, operetta, and music theatre productions with many companies in his native New England and elsewhere, including Odyssey Opera, Opera Boston, Sarasota Opera, OperaDelaware, Florida Grand Opera, The Huntington Theatre Company, Opera New England and Boston Bel Canto Opera. With Boston Lyric Opera, he has appeared in Katya Kabanova, The Flying Dutchman, La traviata, Lucie de Lammermoor (French version), Salome, Don Carlos, Carmen, La rondine and Rigoletto over the course of eight seasons with the company. Mr. Schneider made his international debut as Idomeneo with IVAI in Tel Aviv, Israel. This season Mr. Schneider appears as Meneleus in La belle Helène with Odyssey Opera and in the title role of Tristan und Isolde with TUNDI Productions.
In addition to stage works, this versatile artist has given a number of recitals, in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Georgia, and St. Thomas, USVI. He has also appeared in concert with the Kalamazoo, Springfield (MA), Chautauqua and Omaha Symphonies, the Bellingham (WA) Festival of Music, Providence Singers, Albany Pro Musica, and the long-running Mohawk Trail Concerts in Charlemont, Massachusetts.
A proponent and frequent performer of new music, Mr. Schneider has created roles in world premieres of works by composers Eric Sawyer, Daniel Pinkham, Paula Kimper and others. Recordings of several of these works have been released on the Albany, Arsis, and BMOP/sound labels.
As a member of the Glimmerglass Opera Young American Artists Program, Mr. Schneider performed in Le nozze di Figaro and Chabrier's L'Etoile. In addition, he performed roles in La rondine, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Street Scene with Chautauqua Opera, and was chosen by that company to receive a Shoshana Foundation Richard F. Gold Career Grant. He has also been the grateful recipient of career support grants from Boston Lyric Opera and the Wagner Society of New York.
An alumnus of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and recipient of the Master of Music degree from Boston University, Mr. Schneider appeared as Acis in Acis and Galatea, Reverend Pollard in Stephen Paulus' The Village Singer, the Mayor in Albert Herring, Harlekin in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Eisenstein in Die fledermaus, and Ferrando in Così fan tutte. He finished the program at Boston University's Opera Institute with the title role in Mozart’s Idomeneo, which was the subject of a feature article by Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe.
“[Schneider] is an artist, a gifted stage animal, a linguist… a major tenor in the making.”
- Boston Globe
"[As Tristan, Schneider's] combination of beauty and strength would have been the envy of many internationally renowned singers... Schneider had power and tone to spare."
“…a remarkably clarion sound without sacrificing finesse.”
- Boston Herald
“Schneider, as the Borgias' henchman Rustighello, was equally compelling, vocally spewing forth the kind of arrogant, testosterone-driven swagger one would expect from a real wise guy."
- Opera News