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: Die Walkure / Mehta, Seiffert, Rydl, Meier
Release Date: 01/13/2015   Label: Farao  
Catalog: 108088   Number of Discs: 1
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Wagner: Lohengrin / Abbado, Jerusalem, Moll, Studer, Meier
Release Date: 01/17/1995   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 437808   Number of Discs: 3
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Strauss: Elektra / Barenboim, Meier, Polaski, Marc, Et Al
Release Date: 06/04/1996   Label: Teldec  
Catalog: 99175   Number of Discs: 2
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Wagner: Parsifal / Levine, Meier, Jerusalem, Moll, Metropolitan Opera
Release Date: 10/29/2002   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 073032   Number of Discs: 2
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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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    Wagner: Götterdämmerung Highlights / Barenboim
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4615132 Release Date: 01/24/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Anne Evans,  Bodo Brinkmann,  Philip Kang,  Siegfried Jerusalem  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde Highlights / Jerusalem, Meier, Barenboim
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4615052 Release Date: 06/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Waltraud Meier,  Matti Salminen,  Marjana Lipovsek
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    Beethoven: Fidelio / Barenboim, Domingo, Meier, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 25249 Release Date: 01/18/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Waltraud Meier,  Falk Struckmann,  Kwangchul Youn  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    Wagner: Die Götterdämmerung Highlights / Barenboim, Bayreuth
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 97909 Release Date: 08/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Anne Evans,  Philip Kang,  Bodo Brinkmann,  Siegfried Jerusalem  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
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  • 88.
    Wagner: Lohengrin / Abbado, Jerusalem, Moll, Studer, Meier
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437808 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Kurt Moll,  Hartmut Welker,  Waltraud Meier,  Andreas Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni - Highlights / Barenboim, Furlanetto, Tomlinson, Salminen, Meier, Berlin Po, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 94823 Release Date: 06/07/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Michele Pertusi,  Joan Rodgers,  Uwe Heilmann,  Waltraud Meier  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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  • 90.
    Mozart: Requiem, Ave Verum Corpus / Muti, Pace
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49640 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Patrizia Pace,  Frank Lopardo,  Waltraud Meier,  James Morris
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Choir,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus
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