Versatile contralto Helen Tintes-Schuermann performs throughout the USA and Europe in operatic roles including Carmen, Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Azucena (Il Trovatore) the Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica) and The Medium and appears frequently as a concert soloist and recitalist. She has sung with numerous important theaters and festivals, including Barcelona’s Teatro del Gran Liceu (with Dame Gwyneth Jones), the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Festival du Printemps in Monte Carlo and with Theater an der Wien/Raimund Theater in Vienna, Austria. Tintes has interpreted many 20th Century works (including European and World Premieres) and has sung in festivals throughout Austria, Spain, Germany and Switzerland, where she also recorded for radio and television. Outstanding performances throughout the United States include Verdi’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony, works of Bach and Handel with the Naples Bach Ensemble, the role of Baba in Menotti’s The Medium, and Mme. Armfeldt in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.
The contralto’s repertoire encompasses major works of opera and oratorio, as well as German Lied, Spanish Song and New Music. A cd entitled Para Entonces, featuring songs by Spanish and American composers was released on MSR Classics. Recent performances include the role of the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, the role of Suzuki in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly with Battle Creek Symphony (MI) and Into the Woods (Mother) with St. Petersburg Opera (Fl). Upcoming performances include the roles of Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica) and Zita (Gianni Schicchi) with FM Opera, as well as masterclasses and concerts in Florida, Vienna. Austria, Madrid, Spain and Corfu (Greece).
The Artist-Teacher received the Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University and degrees from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the Escuela de Canto in Madrid, Spain. Her teachers include Elizabeth Fischer, Sherrill Milnes, William Warfield, Paul von Schilhawsky and Felix Lavilla. Tintes-Schuermann has served as Professor of Voice at the Musik und Kunst Private University (Vienna, Austria), is Director of the ISMCenter (International Spanish Music Center) and was recently named Chair of the Music Department at Ave Maria University (Naples, Florida).