American mezzo-soprano Helene Schneiderman made her Seattle Opera debut in 2002 as Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and returned for the Muse and Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Contes d’Hoffmann in 2005. For the 2006/07 season, she sang Isabella in Rossini’s Italiana in Algeri and Cornelia in Handel’s Julius Caesar. Since 1984, she has been a member of the Staatstheater Stuttgart; her more than sixty roles there include Rosina in Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia, La Messaggera in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Marcellina in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro, and Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. In 1998, the City of Stuttgart awarded her the title of Kammersängerin; she was the youngest ever to receive this honor. Performances elsewhere include Annina in Richard Strauss’s Rosenkavalier and Marcellina for Opéra National de Paris, Flora in Verdi’s Traviata for the Salzburg Festival, Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina and Rosina for San Francisco Opera, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for New Israeli Opera, and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Dorabella in Jonathan Miller’s production of Così fan tutte for Royal Opera Covent Garden. Upcoming engagements include Geneviève in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Despina in Stuttgart, and Flora in Paris.