Education & Training

Bettina Schneebeli, mezzo-soprano, was born in Zurich, Switzerland. She began her musical education eight years old with the violin and eventually completed her vocal studies at the Zurich University of the Arts with Professor Jane Thorner.

She participated in song classes with Daniel Fueter, Hans Adolfsen and Jens Fuhr, as well as master classes with Francisco Araiza and Luana DeVol.

She studied a year of acting in the Theater Department of the Zurich University of the Arts and she is also the recipient of the Armin Weltner Stiftung Scholarship awarded by the Zurich Opera House.


As a member of the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera House mainstage roles included; Bridesmaid (Freischütz), Wowkle (La fanciulla del West), Rossweisse / Flosshilde (The Ring for Children), a soloist in Heinz Spoerli's Bach's Ballet under the direction of Marc Minkowski, as well as her debut as Tebaldo (Don Carlo) under the stage direction of Sven-Eric Bechtolf and the musical direction of Zubin Mehta.

She sung at the Salzburg Festival in Mendelssohn‘s opera A Midsummer Night‘s Dream directed by Henry Mason and under the baton of Ivor Bolton and recently at the Festival Boswiler Sommer, and appeared in Boieldieus' “La Dame Blanche” in the role of Marguerite at the Free Opera Company at Rigiblick Theatre.

In 2018/2019 she sang the role of Kitty the teacher in "Konrad - the Child from the Tin Can" at the Zurich Opera House and more recently she was the soloist at the world premiere of the work "So shall he descent" by the Estonian composer Toivo Tulev at the Easter Festival / Nova et Vetera in Brno to be heard under the direction of Dennis Russel Davies.

She appeared as a soloist in various concerts in her home city and abroad. Highlights include: Pergolesi‘s Stabat Mater with La Scintilla orchestra, Mozart‘s Requiem, J.Bach's Magnificat, Haydn‘s Missa in tempore belli and cantata Arianna a Naxos, Hidas' Requiem, Saint-Saëns‘ Oratorio de Noël with the ZKO orchestra.  Recently in the contemporary music department she performed Pierre Boulez‘ Le Marteau sans Maître with the Ensemble Opus Novum.

Bettina Schneebeli also gave concerts in various Lied programs, including the Mendelsson days in Aarau and as part of the national museum exhibition and the International Museum Day 2017 on the subject of “Escape and Refugees” at the Museum Aarau.
In the opera sector she was a.o. to be heard as Ericlea (“Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria”), Aloès (“L'Étoile”), Mrs. Todd (“The old maid and the thief”) and as a ghost (“Unhappiness”) with the ensemble TZARA .