British-Australian Mezzo-Soprano Indyana Schneider read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford University. She was recently described in Opera Magazine as ‘a fabulous young mezzo, the voice full of crimson depth and character’.
Last year, Indyana moved to Vienna, where she studied with Sylvia Greenberg and David Aronson, and sang with the Wiener Staatsoper Akademie. Highlights included playing Cashier (and, occasionally, Mutant Cashier) in Olga Neuwirth’s new opera, Orlando, and singing in the semichor of Handel’s Ariodante under the baton of Christophe Rousset with Les Talent Lyriques. With the Wiener Staatsoper, she has also sung in the choruses of: Don Carlos (Verdi), Il Trovatore (Verdi), La Bohème (Puccini), Lohengrin (Wagner), Otello (Verdi), and Leonore (Beethoven).
Recent solo operatic roles include: Carmen (Carmen, Bizet) with Kentish Opera; Amastre (Serse, Handel), Volpino (Lo Speziale, Haydn), Dorinda (Il Pastor Fido, Handel) and Lisetta (Il Mondo della Luna, Haydn) with New Chamber Opera; and Ottavia (L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi) with the Berlin Opera Academy. As concert soloist, she has performed Handel’s The Messiah, Rossini’s La Regata Veneziana, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Mozart’s Loretto Messe, and Haydn’s Mariazeller Messe. Indyana has sung in masterclasses with Katie Mitchell, Stephen Langridge, Dame Emma Kirkby, Michael Güttner, and Andreas Scholl.
Before COVID-19, she had a contract with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera chorus in: Dialogues des Carmelites (Poulenc), Fidelio (Beethoven), L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), and Die Entführung aus den Serail (Mozart). Concerts also included singing the alto solos in Handel’s The Messiah and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.
Indyana is now studying a Masters in Opera at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover.