Gwendolyn R Schmidt
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
+1 412 226 6776
Dramatic Soprano
(Tessitura: G3-D6)

Opera Experience - Roles

(Upcoming) The Grand Duke Gilbert and Sullivan Pittsburgh Savoyards March 2018
The Baronness
Pittsburgh Savoyard's production of The Grand Duke. Cast as The Baronness, a woman who appreciates frugality and wine.
Patience Gilbert and Sullivan Pittsburgh Savoyards March 2017
Lady Jane
Pittsburgh Savoyard's production of Patience. Cast as Lady Jane, a lady in the countryside pursuing aestheticism.
Pirates of Penzance Gilbert and Sullivan Pittsburgh Savoyards March 2016
Kate
Pittsburgh Savoyard's production of Pirates of Penzance. Cast as Kate, a ward in chancery to the Major General.
Giulio Cesare George Frideric Handel Undercroft Opera January 2016
Nirena
Undercroft Opera's version of Giulio Cesare, set in Las Vegas in the 60's. Cast as Nireno, but changed to a female Nirena playing Cleopatra's best friend.
Iolanthe Gilbert and Sullivan Pittsburgh Savoyards October 2015
Queen of the Fairies
Pittsburgh Savoyard's production of Iolanthe. Cast as the Queen of the Fairies.
Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss Undercroft Opera February 2015
Rosalinda (Cover)
Undercroft Opera's production of Die Fledermaus in English. Covered for Rosalinda, which included performances for outreach programs exclusively performed by the covers, and two abridged covers' performances of the opera. On main stage, performed as part of the ensemble in the Soprano section.
The Sorcerer Gilbert and Sullivan Pittsburgh Savoyards October 2014
Mrs. Partlett
Pittsburgh Savoyard's production of The Sorcerer. Cast as Mrs. Partlett, mother of Constance.
Utopia, LTD Gilbert and Sullivan Pittsburgh Savoyards March 2014
Phylla
Pittsburgh Savoyard's production of Utopia, LTD, a Pittsburgh premiere. Cast as the maiden Phylla.
Il Barbiere di Siviglia Gioachino Rossini Undercroft Opera February 2013
Berta (Cover)
Undercroft Opera's production of Barber of Seville (Rossini) in the original Italian. Covered for Berta, which included a Cover's Performance of highlights.
Dido and Aeneas Purcell Renaissance City Choir April 2011
Quartet Soloist (Soprano II)
As a part of the Spring Concert, Renaissance City Choir is putting on Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) with the Chatham Baroque. Selected to sing with the small core group for "echo" sections of the chorus.

Opera Experience - Ensemble

HMS Pinnafore Gilbert and Sullivan Pittsburgh Savoyards October 2017
Don Giovanni Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Undercroft Opera May 2016
The Magic Flute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Undercroft Opera May 2014
Norma Vincenzo Bellini Undercroft Opera November 2013
Yeoman of the Guard Gilbert and Sullivan Pittsburgh Savoyards October 2012
Riders to the Sea Ralph Vaughan Williams Microscopic Opera September 2012
Susannah Carlisle Floyd Undercroft Opera August 2012
Pirates of Penzance Gilbert and Sullivan Pittsburgh Savoyards March 2012
Marriage of Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Undercroft Opera August 2011
Gravity + Grace Frank Ferraro September 2009

Choirs

East Liberty Presbyterian Chancel Choir 1987-1991, 1993-1997, 2003-present
Soprano I and II sections leader, soloist
During the course of singing with this choir, worked with primary directors Charles Heaton, John Goldsmith, Richard Szeremony, Craig Cannon, and Edward Alan Moore; also with assistant directors Larry Marietta, Peter Bianchi, Jeffry Johnson, Robert Frankenberry, and Jon Tyillian. Sings Soprano I and II. Paid member 2003-2010.
Renaissance City Women's Choir 2005-2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2015
Soprano I and II sections leader, soloist
During the course of singing with this choir, worked with primary directors Jack Kurutz, Andres Cladera, Richard Teaster, and Jeffry Johnson and assistant directors Jack Kurutz and Jon Tyillian. Sang Soprano I and II, as needed.
Heinz Chapel Choir 1994-1996
Soprano
Worked with director John Goldsmith. Toured with Heinz Chapel Choir to Chicago area April-May 1996.
Jr Mendelssohn 1989, 1991
Soprano
Worked with directors Robert Page and Christine Jordanoff. Sang with the select core group in 1991.
Children's Festival Chorus 1982-1986
Soprano
One of the first members of the Children's Festival Chorus under Stanley and Jeanette Tagg their first fall season. Continued with Christine Jordanoff.

Vocal Instructors

Marybeth Sederburg 2011-present
Andres Cladera 2010
Robert Pruitt 2009
Charlotte Sonne 1988-1991

Special Performances/Workshops

Cryptic Canticles pressents Dracula the Radio Play Experience May-November 2017
Bram Stoker's Dracula read in character by a full cast, with Foley special effects and music, and presented in podcast format on the dates of the entries in the novel. Click here for a sample excerpt.
Credits
Spring Recital April 2014
Spring themed Recital with fellow sopranos Bonnie Bogovich and Elizabeth Rishel. Featured solo pieces "Divinites du Styx" from Alceste by Gluck, "Csardas" from Die Fledermaus by Richard Strauss. Trio piece "Twitterpated" arranged by Liz Rishel.
Autumnal Recital November 2012
Autumn themed Recital with fellow sopranos Bonnie Bogovich and Elizabeth Rishel. Solo pieces "Tu Che Di Gel Sei Cinta" from Turandot by Puccini, "Three Poems of Fiona Macleod" by Charles Griffes. Trio pieces from The Magic Flute by Mozart as Spirit #3 and from Macbeth by Verdi as Witch #3.
"The Planets" by Gustav Holst with the Edgewood Symphony October 2011
Soprano II
A collaboration between Renaissance City Women's Choir and the Edgewood Symphony; a select group of women from the RCWC were chosen to sing in this production.
Undercroft Opera Choruses Concert May 2010
Soprano 1
Selected pieces from Opera to debut the Opera Chorus and Orchestra for Undercroft Opera.
Sea Symphony with the East Liberty Festival Chorus November 9, 2009
Soprano I, section leader
Done as part of Jon Tyillian's "Symphonic Pipes" concert. Conductor: Larry Allen
East End Song Studio Opera Workshop June 2009
The Messager in Orfeus
Childhood Opera Experience 1982-1986
Carmen, Tosca, Falstaff
Children's parts in the operas Carmen and Tosca with the Pittsburgh Opera and Falstaff with Carlow College.

Audio/Video Samples

Tu Che Di Gel Sei Cinta from Turandot by Puccini Recorded November 2012 at the Autumal recital
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Laudamus Te from Vivaldi's Gloria Recorded with Marjorie L. Schmidt on November 2014
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O Ma Lyre from Sapho by Charles Gounod Recorded January 2014
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Three Witches Chorus from Macbeth by Verdi Recorded November 2012 at the Autumal recital
Recorded with Liz Rishel and Bonnie Bogovich; singing the part of the Third Witch.
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Three Spirits Trio from The Magic Flute by Mozart Recorded November 2012 at the Autumal recital
Recorded with Liz Rishel and Bonnie Bogovich; singing the part of the Third Spirit.
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