Helene Schneiderman Retires from Ensemble Position in Stuttgart

By Francisco Salazar

New Jersey-born mezzo-soprano Helene Schneiderman has said farewell to her position as an ensemble member of the Stuttgart State Opera.

The mezzo performed with the company for 38 years, and opera director Viktor Schoner announced her departure from the company during a performance of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” in the sold-out house.

Schneiderman was made an honorary member of the company during the performance. She made her debut in Stuttgart in 1984 and sang the title role of “La Cenerentola,” “Carmen,” “Giulio Cesare” and “L’italiana in Algeri.” Other roles included Smeton, Floßhilde, Hänsel, Sesto, Penelope, and Medea.

She went on to perform in Munich, Rome, La Scala, Madrid, Covent Garden, Paris, the Met, San Francisco, Seattle, Dresden, Toronto, Salzburg, and Tel Aviv.