Biography

Monica Schober specializes in Classic Song recitals of the Viennese émigré composers who came to Hollywood in the first half of the 20th Century. You can find out more about her recital series "Songs From the Heart of Vienna" here.

Ms. Schober made her dramatic soprano debut as Siegrune with the Virginia Opera in Wagner’s “Die Walküre.” As soloist at Disney Concert Hall she performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the baton of Alexander Mickelthwate. She has sung Gertrude in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” with Pacific Repertory Opera and made her European debut singing Robert Pobitschka's “Kyrie gewidmet an die Natur” accompanied by the composer in the Haydn Hall at Esterházy Palace.

 

Together with her brother, pianist Dr. Michael Schober, she was an early developer of real time multimedia recitals in collaboration with The New School’s Parsons School of Design Motion Studio in New York. The duo’s German Lied recital at NY Steinway Hall was featured on Japan’s NHKTV.

 

Ms. Schober’s translations of German art song poetry and opera librettos are informed by a contextual and historical perspective, which she also brings to her work coaching singers in German and “Vintage Viennese” dialect diction.

 

A vocal support specialist and the founder of VOICEUNBOUND.COM, Monica helps hypermobile and mature vocalists sing and speak freely without the constrictions that can come from tendons and ligaments that operate outside the normal range of movement.

In recent years Ms Schober has moved further into the dramatic opera repertoire, being encouraged and coached by such luminaries as Brigitte Fassbänder, Christa Ludwig and Jeanine Altmeyer. She has coached theatrical German with Wolfgang Schilly and operatic repertoire with David Aaronson of the Vienna State Opera.

Ms Schober is also an accomplished water colorist and graphic artist. Her work can be found in private homes, on CD covers and promotional materials.