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
Strauss: Elektra / Herlitzius, Meier, Salonen, Orchestre De Paris
Release Date: 08/26/2014   Label: Bel Air Classiques  
Catalog: 110   Number of Discs: 1
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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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    Label: Bayer Records   Catalog: BR10023839 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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  • 31.
    Saint-saens: Samson And Dalila / Chung, Domingo, Meier, Ramey
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0881982 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Daniel Galvez-Vallejo,  Alain Fondary,  Waltraud Meier,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bastille Opera Orchestra,  Bastille Opera Chorus
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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Barenboim, Meier, Jerusalem, Van Dam, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 4675177 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hilde Leidland,  Helmut Pampuch,  Daniela Bechly,  Pamela Coburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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  • 36.
    Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; Wagner: Wesendonck-lieder; Wolf: 3 Morike-lieder
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4675392 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Hugo Wolf,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 37.
    Best Beethoven 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48445 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  James Morris,  Josef Suk,  Claudio Arrau,  Emil Gilels  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Kurt Sanderling,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Nash Ensemble
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  • 38.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Goodall, Ellsworth, Meier, Joll
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48182 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Elizabeth Ritchie,  Margaret Morgan,  Waltraud Meier,  Donald McIntyre  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Goodall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
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  • 39.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Barenboim, Cuberli, Meier, Rodgers
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4677007 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lella Cuberli,  Matti Salminen,  John Tomlinson,  Joan Rodgers  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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  • 40.
    Strauss: Elektra / Barenboim, Botha, Falewicz, Wottrich, Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4677013 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Gerd Wolf,  Alessandra Marc,  Carola Nossek,  Johan Botha  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Chorus
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  • 41.
    Strauss: Elektra / Gatti, Pape, Theorin, Meier, Westbroek, Gambill
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101559 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Robert Gambill,  Waltraud Meier,  Iréne Theorin,  Eva-Maria Westbroek  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniele Gatti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Verdi: Requiem / Barenboim, Domingo, Furlanetto, Meier
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4677168 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Alessandra Marc,  Waltraud Meier,  Ferruccio Furlanetto
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
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  • 44.
    The Beethoven Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 81680 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Daniel Barenboim,  Rudolf Buchbinder,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 45.
    The Wagner Opera Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 83449 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jane Eaglen,  Rolando Villazón,  Felicity Palmer,  Peter Seiffert  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    Wagner: Tannhauser / Haitink, Konig, Popp, Meier, Weikl
    Label: Emi 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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  • 49.
    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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    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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