Waltraud Meier

Biography

Born: January 9, 1956; Würzburg, Germany  
Though she has achieved much acclaim for her Wagnerian roles -- and rightly so, mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier possesses a vast repertory -- not to mention a consummate skill -- in Italian, French, and even Russian opera, from Bizet's Carmen and Tchaikovsky's Jeanne d'Arc to Verdi's Azucena (Il Trovatore) and Saint-Saëns' Dalila (Samson and Dalila). She has also sung a fair number of soprano roles, including Wagner's Isolde and Mascagni's Santuzza Read more (Cavalleria Rusticana). Among other Wagner roles she has interpreted with distinction are Kundry (Parsifal), Waltraute (Götterdämmerung), Sieglinde and Fricka (Die Walküre), Venus (Tannhäuser), and Otrud (Lohengrin). But Meier's repertory extends to concert work and the recital hall, as well, taking in lieder of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Richard Strauss; the Requiems of Verdi and Mozart; Beethoven's Missa Solemnis; Mahler's Symphonies No. 2 and No. 8 and Das Lied von der Erde; and much else. She has appeared on numerous CDs and DVDs, many of which are available on DG, EMI, Erato, Sony, Virgin Classics, Warner Classics, Teldec, OpusArte, and Unitel.

Waltraud Meier was born in Würzburg, Germany, on January 9, 1956. She sang in numerous choruses as a child and teen. Her initial studies were in English and Romance languages, but she also took voice lessons privately with Dietger Jacob in Cologne.

In 1976 she debuted at the Würzburg Opera singing Lola in Cavalleria. From 1976-1978 she was a member of the Mannheim Opera, where she sang many roles.

1980 was a pivotal year for Meier: she made her international debut as Fricka in Buenos Aires at the famed Teatro Colon, and she was also taken on as a member of the Dortmund Opera, serving until 1983.

Meier's 1983 Bayreuth debut as Kundry was a sensation, catapulting her to international renown. She sang at Hanover for a season (1983-1984) and at Stuttgart for three (1985-1988). Meanwhile, she made a string of important debuts: Covent Garden (1984) as Princess Eboli (Verdi's Don Carlos); the Met (1987), again as Fricka; and the Vienna State Opera (1988) as Venus.

From her highly acclaimed 1993 Bayreuth appearance as Isolde, Meier has regularly sung dramatic soprano roles. At the 2001 Munich Opera Festival she gave her debut performance of Didon in Berlioz's Les Troyens, again drawing rave notices. Meier reprised Isolde at La Scala in 2007, with Daniel Barenboim conducting. In 2009 a recording based on the La Scala Tristan und Isolde performances was issued on Virgin Classics. Read less
Wagner: Gotterdammerung / Barenboim, Ryan, Grochowski, Kranzle, Petrenko, Meier
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 101696   Number of Discs: 2
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Wagner: Tannhauser / Mehta, Kollo, Meier, Weikl, Secunde
Release Date: 06/29/2010   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 1483   Number of Discs: 1
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    Wagner: Gotterdammerung / Barenboim, Ryan, Grochowski, Kranzle, Petrenko, Meier
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101696 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  Lance Ryan,  Johannes Martin Kränzle,  Mikhail Petrenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Wagner: Gotterdammerung / Barenboim, Ryan, Grochowski, Kranzle, Petrenko, Meier [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108093 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Maria Gortsevskaya,  Iréne Theorin,  Gerd Grochowski,  Mikhail Petrenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde / Mehta, Meier, West, Moll, Lipovsek
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100057 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  Jon Frederick West,  Bernd Weikl,  Kurt Moll
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Wagner: Die Walkure / Barenboim, Meier, Stemme, Tomlinson, Gubanova
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101694 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  John Tomlinson,  Simon O'Neill,  Vitalij Kowaljow  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Wagner: Die Walkure / Barenboim, Meier, Stemme, Tomlinson, Gubanova [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108091 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Vitalij Kowaljow,  Simon O'Neill,  John Tomlinson,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Thielemann, Vienna State Opera [14 CDs & 2 DVDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001871000 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Christopher Ventris,  Alexandra Reinprecht,  Janina Baechle,  Wolfgang Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Voices of French Opera [5-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 280462 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Christoph W. Gluck,  André Modeste Grétry  ... 
    Performer:  Véronique Gens,  Miguel Villabella,  Solange Petit-Renaux,  Patricia Petibon  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset,  Maurice Cauchie,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Henri Tomasi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Les Folies Françoises,  Monteverdi Choir  ... 
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    Maazel Conducts Wagner / Meier, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63143 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Berg: Wozzeck / Barenboim, Grundheber, Meier, Wottrich, Baker
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2066758 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  Graham Clark,  Endrik Wottrich,  Mark Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Children's Chorus
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    Wagner: Gotterdamerung / Voigt, Morris, Konig, Meier, Luisi, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001754609 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Eric Owens,  Jay Hunter Morris,  Waltraud Meier,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Wagner: Gotterdamerung / Voigt, Morris, Konig, Meier, Luisi, Metropolitan Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001754159 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Eric Owens,  Jay Hunter Morris,  Waltraud Meier,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 13.
    The Wagner Collection - Lohengrin, Tannhauser, Rienzi  [6-DVD Set]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107527 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Georg Tichy,  Cheryl Studer,  Placido Domingo,  Hartmut Welker  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Philippe Jordan,  Sebastian Lang-Lessing
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus,  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Wiener Philharmoniker Symphony Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001797302 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Karl Böhm,  Leonard Bernstein,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Monteverdi Choir  ... 
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    Label: Farao   Catalog: B108033 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Joseph Breinl,  Waltraud Meier
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    Wagner Edition [25 DVD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1095 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Oliver Ringelhahn,  Marina Prudenskaja,  Catherine Naglestad,  Marco Jentzsch  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen,  Bertrand De Billy,  Vladimir Jurowski,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Wagner - The Great Operas [36-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 973359 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Siv Wennberg,  René Kollo,  Janis Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Otto Klemperer,  Bernard Haitink,  Rudolf Kempe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 18.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Barenboim, Bayreuth Festival [blu-ray]
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4755 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  John Tomlinson,  Birgitta Svendén,  Graham Clark,  Günter von Kannen  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 19.
    The Greatest Classical Music Ever!: The Best Classical Music In The Movies Ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 04105 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Stanley Myers,  James Horner,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Steve Morse,  Manuel Barrueco,  James Horner,  David Abel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Riccardo Muti,  Iain Sutherland,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
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  • 20.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Terfel, Kaufmann, Blythe, Voigt, Levine, Luisi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725109 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Patricia Bardon,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Terfel, Kaufmann, Blythe, Voigt, Levine, Luisi [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001725059 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans-Peter König,  Richard Croft,  Patricia Bardon,  Deborah Voigt  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Beethoven For All - Music Of Power, Passion & Beauty / Barenboim, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001687102 Release Date: 06/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Anja Harteros,  Waltraud Meier,  Peter Seiffert,  René Pape  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Vocal Ensemble,  West-Eastern Divan Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Barenboim Conducts Richard Strauss, Mahler & Schoenberg
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564663163 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Charles Pikler,  Joseph Golan,  Li-Kuo Chang,  Ruben Gonzalez  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis; Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem; Verdi: Messa Da Requiem
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 663202 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Janet Williams,  Thomas Hampson,  Tina Kiberg,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
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    Wagner: Parsifal / Elming, Struckmann, Tomlinson, Meier, Barenboim
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2066738 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Fritz Hübner,  Günter von Kannen,  Falk Struckmann,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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