Messages from our foundation singers - Anthony Schneider
Posted on 22 December 2016
This is my final year at the Academy of Vocal Arts, and I’m very excited about the musical opportunities coming my way. I’m currently immersed in a production of Rigoletto in the role of Sparafucile, the assassin. It is a relatively short role, but is absolutely crucial to the plot development, and I really enjoy fine tuning the physicality and vocalism of the character in order to make the most of my time on stage.
In May of next year, I have been cast to sing Sarastro in The Magic Flute, which is a great way to finish my four years at AVA as this is the first opera I ever saw live! We’re currently in the midst of audition season, which means frequent trips to New York City. It’s been going well so far, having received grants from the Metropolitan Opera National Council the Gerda Lissner Art Song Competition, the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and second prize at the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition.
November sees me taking the next steps on my journey to becoming a world class performer – singing for Young Artist Programmes for some of the top opera houses in the US. Then I’m off to France for two months for the production of Candide, doing several small roles.