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 / Theorin, Meier, Westbroaek, Pape, Gatti [blu-ray]
Release Date: 06/24/2014   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 108110   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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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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  • 51.
    Ultimate Wagner - Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 00115870 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Ruth Hesse,  Gustav Neidlinger,  Dorothea Siebert,  Helga Dernesch  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Sir Georg Solti,  Silvio Varviso,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 52.
    Beethoven: Fidelio, Arranged For Piano 4 Hands By Zemlinsky / Davies, Namekawa, Meier, Moll
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553085 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  Kurt Moll,  Maki Namekawa,  Dennis Russell Davies
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  • 53.
    Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Jerusalem, Meier, Barenboim
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001142709 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  Matthias Hölle,  Ute Priew,  Falk Struckmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 54.
    Wagner: The Great Operas From The Bayreuth Festival
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001123902 Release Date: 06/17/2008   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Sieglinde Wagner,  Marga Höffgen,  Annelies Burmeister,  Dorothea Siebert  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Silvio Varviso,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Wagner-Gala / Abbado, Studer, Meier, Jerusalem, Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439768 Release Date: 06/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Cheryl Studer,  Bryn Terfel,  Waltraud Meier,  Siegfried Jerusalem
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Haitink, Morris, Marton, Jerusalem, Adam
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 19479 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Christine Hagen,  Jane Eaglen,  Eva-Maria Bundschuh,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 57.
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108033 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Joseph Breinl,  Waltraud Meier
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  • 58.
    Placido Domingo - Aria Collection
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 699073 Release Date: 07/24/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Raina Kabaivanska,  Leo Nucci  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Fabio Luisi,  Berislav Klobucar,  Placido Domingo
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  • 59.
    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Tate, Vaness, Meier, Blochwitz
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49950 Release Date: 04/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Hans Tschammer,  Waltraud Meier,  Carol Vaness,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir
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  • 60.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Vogt, Kringelborn, Nagano
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 964 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Solveig Kringelborn,  Klaus Florian Vogt,  Waltraud Meier,  Tom Fox  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Lyon Opera Chorus
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  • 61.
    Wagner: Die Walküre / Haitink, Martón, Studer, Salminen
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58705 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Matti Salminen,  James Morris,  Cheryl Studer,  Reiner Goldberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Domingo, Thielemann
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000657402 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Antigone Papoulkas,  Falk Struckmann,  Ildikó Raimondi,  Wolfgang Bankl  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 63.
    Classic Library - Wagner: Arias & Scenes
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 76228 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  Sherrill Milnes,  Ben Heppner,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Anton Guadagno,  Sir Colin Davis,  Joseph Keilberth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 64.
    Metropolitan Opera Gala - James Levine's 25th Anniversary
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000460209 Release Date: 11/22/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Jerry Hadley,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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  • 65.
    Bayerische Staatsoper 1997-2005 Live / Mehta, Bolton, Et Al
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108023 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  David Daniels,  Peter Seiffert,  Waltraud Meier,  Martin Gantner  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Orchestra
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  • 66.
    James Levine - Documents Of The Munich Years
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 509 Release Date: 08/01/2005   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Charles Ives,  John Harbison  ... 
    Performer:  Ben Heppner,  James Morris,  Linda Watson,  Birgitta Svendén  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Philharmonic Choir,  Bamberg Symphony Chorus
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  • 67.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Ventris, Meier, Nagano, et al
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 915 Release Date: 05/17/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Tom Fox,  Matti Salminen,  Christopher Ventris,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baden-Baden Festival Choir,  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Saint-Saëns: Samson And Dalila / Chung, Domingo, Meier
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54470 Release Date: 03/11/2004   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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  • 69.
    Waltraud Meier - I Follow A Voice Within Me
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2051889 Release Date: 02/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  Torsten Kerl
    Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
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  • 70.
    Wagner: Parsifal / Levine, Meier, Jerusalem, Moll, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 073032 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Franz Mazura,  Kurt Moll,  Waltraud Meier,  Siegfried Jerusalem  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus
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  • 71.
    Wagner: Parsifal (Complete)
    Label: Emi Classics (England)   Catalog: 65665 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Margaret Morgan,  Waltraud Meier,  Donald McIntyre,  William Mackie  ... 
    Conductor:  Reginald Goodall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
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  • 72.
    Mahler - The Complete Recordings / Sinopoli, Philharmonia
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471451 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Bernd Weikl,  Iris Vermillion,  Keith Lewis,  Brigitte Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Shinyukai Choir  ... 
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  • 73.
    Mahler: Ruckert Lieder, Kindertotenlieder / Meier, Maazel
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 57129 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Abbado, Eaglen, Terfel, Meier, Heppner
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62634 Release Date: 09/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Waltraud Meier,  Bryn Terfel,  Ben Heppner,  Jane Eaglen
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
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  • 75.
    Strauss: Elektra / Barenboim, Meier, Polaski, Marc, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 99175 Release Date: 06/04/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Alessandra Marc,  Carola Nossek,  Johan Botha,  Magdalena Falewicz  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Chorus
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