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: Parsifal / Meier, Barenboim, Berlin Philharmonic
Release Date: 05/20/2016   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 555535   Number of Discs: 4
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Wagner: Parsifal / Ventris, Meier, Nagano, et al
Release Date: 05/17/2005   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 915   Number of Discs: 3
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Wagner: Tannhäuser / Gambill, Nylund, Meier, Jordan
Release Date: 02/24/2009   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 101351   Number of Discs: 2
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Wagner: Tannhauser / Gambill, Meier, Jordan [blu-ray]
Release Date: 10/27/2009   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 101352   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Parsifal / Nagano, Ventris, Meier, Salminen, Hampson
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 7063   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 26.
    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Barenboim, Bayreuth [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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    Label: Bayer Records   Catalog: 10023839 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
    Performer:  Harald Stamm,  Frieder Lang,  Thomas Pfeiffer,  Hildegard Uhrmacher  ... 
    Conductor:  James Lockhart
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  • 33.
    Wagner: The Complete Operas / Daniel Barenboim [34-CD Set]
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 66834 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 34
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Falk Struckmann,  Peter Sieffert,  Jane Eaglen,  Robert Holl  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 34.
    Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Barenboim
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4755 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    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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  • 35.
    Magic Moments Of Opera
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107515 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Isobel Buchanan,  Placido Domingo,  Elena Obraztsova,  Yuri Mazurok  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber,  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Paris National Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 36.
    Strauss: Elektra / Gatti, Pape, Theorin, Meier, Westbroek, Gambill [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101560 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Eva-Maria Westbroek,  Robert Gambill,  René Pape,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniele Gatti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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  • 37.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Barenboim, Bayreuth Festival
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 77140 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  John Tomlinson,  Birgitta Svendén,  Eva Johansson,  Jane Turner  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 38.
    Ioan Holender Farewell Concert / Netrebko, Domingo, Quasthoff [2 DVDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001491309 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Nadia Krasteva,  Herwig Pecoraro,  Michaela Selinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Antonio Pappano,  Bertrand De Billy,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 39.
    Wagner: Tannhauser / Haitink, Konig, Popp, Meier, Weikl
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 40800 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Kurt Moll,  Waltraud Meier,  Bernd Weikl  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Wagner: Tannhauser / Barenboim, Eaglen, Meier, Berlin State Opera
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 80207 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Peter Seiffert,  Thomas Hampson,  Jane Eaglen,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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  • 41.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Goodall, Ellsworth, Meier, Joll
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65665 Release Date: 08/20/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Donald McIntyre,  Waltraud Meier,  Phillip Joll,  Nicholas Folwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Goodall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Chorus,  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Wagner: Tannhauser / Mehta, Kollo, Meier, Weikl, Secunde
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1483 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jan-Hendrik Rootering,  René Kollo,  Bernd Weikl,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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  • 43.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Nagano, Ventris, Meier, Salminen, Hampson
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7063 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Christopher Ventris,  Matti Salminen,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Festival Choir,  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Wagner: Tannhauser / Gambill, Meier, Jordan [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101352 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  Camilla Nylund,  Stephen Milling,  Roman Trekel  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonia Choir
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  • 45.
    Wagner: Die Walkure Highlights / Haitink, Marton, Morris
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54328 Release Date: 07/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Eva Martón,  James Morris,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Margarita Lilowa  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Vogt, Kringelborn, Nagano, Berlin Deutsches SO [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7026 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Tom Fox,  Solveig Kringelborn,  Waltraud Meier,  Hans-Peter König  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Chorakademie,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Lyon Opera Chorus
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  • 47.
    Beethoven: Fidelio / Meier, Seiffert, Mehta
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072498 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Carsten Stabell,  Peter Seiffert,  Ildikó Raimondi,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Valencia Regional Government Choir,  Valencia Community Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Wagner: Tannhäuser / Gambill, Nylund, Meier, Jordan
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101351 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Stephen Milling,  Robert Gambill,  Waltraud Meier,  Roman Trekel  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus,  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Storey, Meier, Barenboim
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 19315 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Will Hartmann,  Gerd Grochowski,  Ian Storey,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 50.
    Mahler: Das Klagende Lied / Sinopoli, Studer, Goldberg
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435382 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Reiner Goldberg,  Waltraud Meier,  Cheryl Studer
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shinyukai Choir,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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