News from around the world - Anthony Schneider
Posted on 15 April 2016
I just celebrated Thanksgiving for the 3rd time in the United States. It’s possibly my favourite holiday now as it centers around sharing delicious food with friends and family and reminds us to celebrate the incredible things life has given us each year. This occasion will always be doubly special for me as I married Donna, the love of my life, over the holiday this year.
This year has also been rewarding professionally, as I performed leading roles in La Bohème (Colline), Faust (Mephistopheles) and Don Giovanni (Commendatore). I learned and studied under the guidance of our Maestro at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Christofer Macatsoris, who helped me find colour, personality and authenticity in each of these roles. I also had a fantastic time at the Glimmerglass Festival during the summer, where I covered the role of Banquo in Macbeth and performed in The Magic Flute as the 2nd Armed Man.
The support from the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation has helped me to expand the scope of my auditions this autumn, allowing me to win an Encouragement Award at the Gerda Lissner Art Song Competition, 3rd prize at the Partners for the Arts competition, and 2nd prize at the Giargari Bel Canto Competition. I will also be singing in a masterclass led by Joyce Di Donato in January in Carnegie Hall.
I was incredibly fortunate to spend some time with Dame Kiri in September, where she challenged me to set my artistic goals higher. My singing has taken on a new edge since then, as I follow her advice to stay connected to my breathing and to the emotion of the music. It is so encouraging to have her support and guidance at such a crucial time in my development.”Wishing you a Christmas season shared with loved ones and filled with beautiful music!”