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’.
In 2019, 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 also sang 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, Händel), Volpino (Lo Speziale, Haydn), Dorinda (Il Pastor Fido, Händel) 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 Händel’s The Messiah, Rossini’s La Regata Veneziana, and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Indyana has sung in masterclasses with Katie Mitchell, Stephen Langridge, Dame Emma Kirkby, Michael Güttner, and Andreas Scholl.
She is completely indebted to her teachers Helene Dahlberg, Nuccia Focile, Sylvia Greenberg, and Marina Sandel.
Before COVID-19, Indyana was contracted to sing with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera chorus in: Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc), Fidelio (Beethoven), L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart). Concerts also included singing the alto solos in Händel’s The Messiah and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.
During the pandemic, Indyana began studying a Masters in Opera at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. She is currently back in Sydney, Australia (her long-ago hometown), singing the role of The Muse in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House.