Hailed as possessing ‘an imposing stage presence and a vivid range of colour and warmth of tone that compels attention’ (Irish Examiner), Austrian-Australian Tenor Gerard Schneider is acknowledged as a preeminent singer of opera, operetta and song. Having already developed a strong international presence, Gerard has appeared throughout the world, including major debuts at the Sydney Opera House, the Carnegie Hall, the Barbican Hall, and the Salzburger Festspiele in repertoire spanning the Bel Canto, Romantic and Verismo styles.
Gerard's future plans include an appearance as the tenor soloist in Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle under Lorenzo Muti; Danilo in Die Lustige Witwe at the Kyoto Summer Music Festival in Japan; a series of concerts with the Nuernberger Symphoniker; a residency at the Manchester Festival in Vermont; his debut at the Wexford Festival Opera in the the role of Dimitri in a new production of Alfano's Risurrezione directed by Rosetta Cucchi, and conducted by Francesco Cilluffo; and his debut as Arturo in Bellini's La Straniera with Maestro Antony Walker and the Washington Concert Opera.
Most recently, Gerard appeared as Boris Grigoryevich in a new production of Janacek’s Katya Kabanova at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, at the Lincoln Center. Gerard also reached the final round of the 54th International Vinas Singing Competition in Barcelona and in a concert of operetta with Maestro Bruno Weil and the Macao Symphony Orchestra in China.
In 2016, Gerard appeared in the role of Osaka in a new production of Pietro Mascagni's Iris at the Bard Summerscape Festival. Lead by the visionary director James Darrah and conducted by Leon Botstein at the helm of the American Symphony Orchestra, Gerard's performance was met with critical acclaim in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker.
Soon after this, Gerard made his debut in the title role of Mozart's Idomeneo at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in the historic St. Canice’s Cathedral in Ireland, replacing tenor John Mark Ainsley at only a week’s notice. This performance was lead by Maestro Christian Curnyn at the helm of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
Gerard also appeared once again as the Tenor Soloist in Verdi's Requiem, in an Operetta concert with the German Forum at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Lincoln Center in New York, made his debut with the New York Festival of Song alongside Steven Blier at the Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre, and appeared in a series of masterclasses with World-famous Maestro Fabio Luisi, culminating in an orchestral workshop of Puccini's La Boheme in which Gerard sang Rodolfo. Gerard also recorded the title role in Romeo und Julia with the acclaimed Ensemble Modern in live performances in Frankfurt and Alzenau, Germany, and appeared in Brian Irvine’s and Neil Martin’s new opera, Mary Gordon, at the Dublin Concert Hall in Ireland, with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.
Gerard also appeared once again as the Tenor Soloist in Verdi's Requiem, made his debut with the New York Festival of Song alongside Steven Blier, and appeared in a series of masterclasses with Maestro Fabio Luisi, culminating in an orchestral workshop of Puccini's La Boheme in which Gerard sang the role of Rodolfo.
In 2015, Gerard appeared in scenes performances at the Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera, appeared as the tenor soloist in Verdi's Requiem at the Canterbury Cathedral, sang a series of concerts with the Nuernberger Symphoniker, and made his debut at the Carnegie Hall in a series masterclasses with Mezzo-Soprano Joyce Didonato. Gerard also appeared as Harlekin in Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, and appeared as Tenor soloist in the Juilliard Songfest in the Alice Tully Hall alongside collaborative pianist Brian Zeger.
In 2014, Gerard was a member of the Young Artist Program at the Salzburger Festspiele and appeared as Ruiz alongside Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko and Francesco Meli in a new production of Verdi's Il Trovatore conducted by Daniele Gatti at the helm of the Wiener Philharmoniker. Gerard also appeared at the Abschlusskonzert with the Salzburg Camerata under the baton of Theodor Guschlbauer.
In the same year, Gerard appeared in the title role of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in Salzburg and again at the Teatro Comunale, Firenze before making his debut in St. Petersburg at the Glazunov Hall and Sheremetev Palace in the role of Satyavan in Holst' Savitri with the Melos Sinfonia.
Gerard’s past engagements include repertoire at the State Opera of South Australia, London Symphony Orchestra, Co-Opera, the Guildhall School, the West Australian Opera, and Clonter Opera in operatic roles including Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème, the title role of Debussy's L'enfant Prodigue, as Jacopo in Verdi's I due Foscari, the Consigliere in Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista, Ramon in Massenet's La Navarraise, as both General Sir Philip Wingrave and the Narrator in Britten's Owen Wingrave, Ferrando in Mozart's Così Fan Tutte, Luigi in Puccini's Il Tabarro, Bardolfo in Verdi's Falstaff, Don Riccardo in Verdi's Ernani, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and as both Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro in the Wiesbaden Maifestspiele and the Bregenz Festspielhaus, Austria.
Austrian - Australian tenor Gerard Schneider was a member of the Artist Diploma of Opera Studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Edith Wiens. Gerard also studied voice with Yvonne Kenny at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a member of the highly regarded Masters of Music (Opera). Gerard is also an alumnus of the National Opera Studio in London where he was sponsored by the Royal Opera House.
Gerard’s past awards include the Phoebe Patrick Award, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Prize, the David Harper Prize and the Australian Opera Auditions Committee Prize at the 2011 Australian Singing Competition and the Tait memorial prize at the 2014 Royal Over-seas League Singing Competition. Gerard was a finalist in the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis which culminated in a public broadcast with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie under the baton of Justin Brown at the Landau Jugend-Stil Festhalle. Gerard also appeared as part of the accompanying SWR (Südwestrundfunk) documentary, Landau sucht den Opernstar. Gerard was also in the Final round of the 54th International Francisco Vinas Singing Competition.
Gerard is the current recipient of the Alice Tully Scholarship, the Hardesty & Beverley Peck Johnson Fund, and the Tamara & Richard Patrick Calvert Memorial Scholarship
Gerard would also like to thank the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Royal Opera House, the Nicholas John Trust, the Tait Memorial Trust, and the Australian Music Foundation for support in years past.