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Important years in Richard Wagner's life

1813 born in Leipzig
1834 Die Feen completed
1843 Holländer premiere
1845 Tannhäuser premiere
1850 Lohengrin premiere
1852 text of Rheingold and Walküre
1854 Das Rheingold completed
1856 Die Walküre completed
1859 Tristan completed
1865 Tristan premiere in Munich
1868 Meistersinger premiere
1869 Das Rheingold premiere
1870 Die Walküre premiere
1871 Siegfried completed
1874 Götterdämmerung completed
1876 First Festival in Bayreuth
1882 Parsifal premiere
1883 Wagner dies in Venice


Johanna Meier

Johanna Meier, the daughter of Clare and Josef Meier, founders of the Black Hills Passion play, grew up in Spearfish, South Dakota. Meier made her debut with the New York City Opera. She went on to a major international career as a member of the Metropolitan Opera for fifteen years, achieving recognition as one of the foremost Wagnerian sopranos of her era.

European appearances included performances at the Vienna Staatsoper, the English National Opera, and with the opera companies of Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Paris, Rome, Venice, Madrid, Barcelona, Zurich, and the Netherlands. Johanna Meier was the first American ever to sing the role of Isolde in Tristan and Isolde for the Bayreuth Festival. This production, by director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, is available on DVD. She also appeared with the Canadian Opera, and at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, as well as in Japan, Mexico City, Israel, and at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. Her major roles have encompassed the entire range of opera repertory from the Countess in Marriage of Figaro to Brünnhilde in The Ring of the Nibelung.

cover tristanJohanna Meier sang with New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, l’Orchestre de Paris, the Munich Philharmonic, Concertgebouw and many others.

Johanna Meier continues to contribute to cultural education in her state and community through the School of Opera and Vocal Arts, which she started in 1997. This endeavor has become a successful part of the Black Hills State University Summer Institute of the Arts through her dedication and professionalism. As the Artistic Director of the Summer Institute of the Arts, Johanna Meier brings in accomplished performing artists from across the United States to further the musical education of aspiring opera singers. Her dedication to her profession earned her an honorary doctorate from Black Hills State University in 2003.

Johanna Meier as Isolde on DVD

Interview with Johanna Meier


Tristan und Isolde on DVD

Chéreau/Barenboim, La Scala 2007

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Waltraud Meier, Ian Storey, Matti Salminen, Gerd Grochowski, Michelle De Young

Müller / Barenboim, Bayreuth 1995

Siegfried Jerusalem, Waltraud Meier, Matthias Hölle, Falk Struckmann, Uta Priew, Poul Elming, Peter Maus, Sándor Sólyom-Nagy
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Bayreuth 2009

Robert Dean Smith, Robert Holl, Iréne Theorin, Jukka Rasilainen, Michelle Breedt




Ponnelle/Barenboim, Bayreuth 1983

René Kollo, Johanna Meier, Matti Salminen, Hanna Schwarz
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Konwitschny /  Mehta, München 1999

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Waltraud Meier, Jon Fredric West, Kurt Moll, Bernd Weikl, Claes H. Ahnsjö, Marjana Lipovsek, Peter Konwitschny.
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Kirchner / Billy, Barcelona 2005

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Deborah Polaski, John Treleaven, Eric Halfvarson, Falk Struckmann, Lioba Braun, Wolfgang Rauch
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Lehnhoff / Jiri Belohlavek 2007

Nina Stemme, Robert Gambill, René Pape, Bo Skovhus
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Friedrich / Kout, Deutsche Oper 1993

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René Kollo, Gwyneth Jones, Robert Lloyd

Johannes Felsenstein / Golo Berg

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Richard Decker, Iordanka Derilova

Böhm, Vickers, Nilsson (1973)

Nikolaus Lehnhoff (1973), Karl Böhm, Jon Vickers, Birgit Nilsson, Walter Berry, Bengt Rundgren, Ruth Hesse

Gustav Kuhn / Tiroler Festspiele Erl, 2006

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Tristan und Isolde (DVD):
Tiroler Festspiele Erl 2006, Gustav Kuhn, Alan Woodrow, Michela Sburlati, Duccio dal Monte









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