Jessica Tivens Schneiderman, a soprano from Calabasas, CA has spen most of her life as a professional in opera and crossover music. As a teenager, she was a regular soloist with her home orchestras, the Burbank Philharmonic and the New West Symphony, performing works by Mahler, Stravinsky and Mozart. Simultaneously, she indulged her love for crossover music performing regularly with pop legend, David Foster at various events. During this time, she shared the stage with Michael Crawford and spent several years as duet partner to Josh Groban.
At 18 she debuted with Festival Opera Walnut Creek as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro to much critical acclaim and went on with the company to perform Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Sophie in Werther. Having attended the Music Academy of the West, and studied with the great mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Horne, Ms. Schneiderman made her New York City recital debut with the Marilyn Horne Foundation in 2001. Ms. Schneiderman made her Carnegie Hall debut in that same year in a series of masterclasses and recitals conducted by legendary mezzo, Christa Ludwig. In 2003, Ms. Schneiderman attended the San Francisco Opera Merola Program, and immediately followed this with a year as a Resident Young Artist with Seattle Opera, where she continued to specialize in the music of Mozart and Rossini.
The spring of 2006 saw her return to Carnegie Hall as soprano soloist for the world premiere of Ed Lojeski’s Missa Americana. Further engagements included Componist in Ariadne auf Naxos with the New York Opera Forum, Rosina in Barbiere with Metro Lyric Opera New Jersey, and 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute with the Harrisburg Opera Association. She joined DiCapo Opera Theater as a Resident Artist for the 2008-2009 season, covering the role of Abigail Williams and performing the role of Sarah Good in Robert Ward’s The Crucible and repeated her performance for the award-winning European Premiere of the work in Szeged, Hungary in November, 2008.
Ms. Schneiderman has spent the last several years concertizing, returning to to Harrisburg Opera to perform scenes from Tosca, Turandot and La Bohême as part of their Puccini Anniversary concert, performing the soprano solo in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the New West Symphony, performing selected operatic works in the Palm Springs Opera Arts Festival, and the Strings in The Mountains festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she performed two concerts as part of their summer series. After a small hiatus, she returned to the stage as the soprano soloist for the world premiere of Mike Garson’s Symphonic Suite for Healing at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, CA, followed by several New York area recitals. Recently, she performed the role of the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors for a special benefit performance at the church of St. Francis deSales in New York City.
Upcoming projects include the soprano solo in Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 on a new Mike Garson album, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana for the North Shore Music Festival, and her second full-length solo album. Her first full-length album, Unlimited; is available for purchase on iTunes and CDBaby.com.