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Biography / Repertoire

Melanie Schneider, born in Ludwigsburg has been singing from an early age. First vocal tuition she received from Prof. Thomas Pfeiffer, Stuttgart. She studied with Prof. Christiane Hampe at the Music Conservatory Karlsruhe and graduated with honors. She was a recipient of scholar-ships by the Richard-Wagner-Foundation and the DAAD. Masterclasses with Prof. Klesie Kelly-Moog, Cologne - with whom she still works on a regular basis and Hilde Zadek completed her training.

While still a student Melanie Schneider sang as a step-in the part of Queen of the Night (Magic Flute) at the Stadttheater Pforzheim and, following her graduation, her first part on stage: that of Juliette Vermont in Franz Lehar’s “The Count of Luxembourg”.

As a soloist of the Regensburg Theatre she sang important roles as a lyric coloratura soprano, such as: Queen of the Night (Magic Flute), Fiakermilli (Arabella), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Marzelline (Fidelio), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Annina (A night in Venice).

As a very flexible and courageous step-in she successfully sang at many German, Austrian and Swiss theaters, such as Munich (Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz), Salzburg, Magdeburg, Kaiserslautern, Hanover State Opera, Passau, Coburg, Lübeck, Leipzig, Luzern and many more. She always returns as a well-liked guest.

During the 2006/2007 season she was a member of the theatre ensemble at the Munich Gärtnerplatz State Opera where she appeared as Queen of the Night (Magic Flute) and Hortense (Opernball). In 2008 Melanie Schneider made her debut as Adele (Die Fledermaus/The Bat) at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn in Vienna, a part which she also sang on a very successful tour of Spain and at the Ulm Theatre, as well as the Gasteig in Munich.

Being highly successful at singing Operetta she was engaged to sing Sora in Millöckers Gasparone at the Lehar-Festival, Bad Ischl in Austria during the summer of 2013 and returned to the theatre in Pforzheim as Christel (Der Vogelhändler/The Bird Seller) during the 2013/2014 season. At the Regensburg Theatre she sang the role of Aunt in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen from September to December 2013. Her latest appearance was as Christel in Carl Zeller’s The Bird Seller/Der Vogelhändler at the Theatre Plauen-Zwickau in running season.

Apart from her operatic appearances Melanie Schneider is a passionate Lied singer and has acquired a wide-ranging concert- and sacred-music repertoire. As a soloist she has successfully sung the leading parts of many great oratories such as Händel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratory, his Solo-Cantatas Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen and Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke, Mass in B-Minor, Haydn’s Stabat Mater, The Seasons, Nelson-Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Paulus, Hear my Prayer and Psalm 42, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Charpentier’s Te Deum and many more.

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