Biography

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The soprano Szabina Schnöller comes from Budapest, Hungary. She began her singing studies at the Varga Tibor Music Institute in the class of Prof. Judit Nemeth in 2002, where she received her singing teacher diploma four years later.

She has been living in Switzerland since 2006 and continued her studies at the University of Art and Music Zurich (ZhdK) under the mentorship of Prof. Laszlo Polgar. In 2009 she received her concert diploma with a special award. Between 2010-2012 she got her second master diploma at the Swiss Opera Studio in Biel, her mentor was Prof. Barbara Locher. In her final exam production, she sang the leading role of Mrs. Ford in Salieri’s Falstaff. She was actively taking part in the master classes of Anna Reynolds, Timothy Bentch, Rosemary Hardy, Hartmut Höll, Daniel Fueter, Hans Adolfsen, Istvan Gati and others.
She is the 1st prize winner of the International Song Contest in Schlossoper Haldenstein in Chur (2011), was a semi finalist at the Hans Gabor Bellvedere in Vienna (2009) and scholarship holder of the Universitas Kultur Scholarship (2005)

During her studies at the ZhdK, she was singing in opera performances such as Une Education Manquée (Hélene) from E. Chabrier (2009), The Turn of the Screw  (Governess) from B. Britten (2007) and performed in the same year at Zurich Tonhalle with Karol Szymanowky’s song cycle: The Love Songs of Hafiz. In 2009 she sang Mozart and Haydn concert arias with the Zurich Orchestra Society.
In 2010 she appeared in a debut performance: as Olga in Karol Beffa and Laurent Festas: K et la piste du Chateau (France, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary – Tour)
In April 2011 she participated in the first recording of Ferenc Erkel’s Magyar Cantate where she sings the soprano part.
In August of the same year she debuted in Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata  as Violetta under the direction of Sebastian Tewinkel in the Schlossoper Haldenstein, in the Tonhalle in Zurich and at Lindau Theater. In 2012 it was followed by a debut as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and as Bacchis in Offenbach’s La Belle Hélene. Then she sang with the Radio Symphonic Orchestra Pilsen Poulenc’s Gloria and Gounod’s Messe de Saint Cécile in the Tonhalle in Zurich and with the Konkordia Orchestra the role of Rosalinda in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus.
In 2012-13 she sang the role of Lisa in the production of Theater Biel-Solothurn in Franz Lehár’s The Land of Smiles.

She was working with conductors such as Harald Siegel, Moritz Caffier, Sebastian Tewinkel, Nathan Brock, Felix Reolon, Christian Delafontaine, Johan Farjot, György Vashegyi, Olivera Sekulic-Barac, Franco Trinca, Ladislaus Rybach und Droujelub Yanakiew.

 

Testimonial

At his side, Szabina Schnöller was ever more a Lisa, who, with vocal vigour and brilliant clarity, embodies the sophisticated and fun-loving Viennese Lady and stages her with power and a hot temper till the high C.

Der Landbote, January 24, 2013

The Soprano Schnöller received fully deservedly the most heartfelt applause. Her Violetta was as strong and cheerful, as she was fragile and sick; her voice rising at all times to the challenging passage.

Das Bündner Tagblatt, September 8, 2011

Schnöller’s serenity is musically remarkable in its own right: she leads the ensemble as if she were a second, singing director. She gives or takes space, at all times in the service of the work of art that develops every night.

Die Südostschweiz, August 16, 2011

In the second performance - the premiere had to be relocated to Chur’s Theater because of the rain - Szabina Schnöller was a vocally mature, creatively intense Violetta, with her tonally beautiful and
buoyant soprano.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 08.08.2011