Waltraud Meier's talent, perfectionism, charisma, unmatched stage presence, text studies and complete devotion to the art of singing has made her one of the greatest opera singers of our time. She is a great actress as well, and is open-minded to experimental stagings. She constantly refines her art.
Waltraud Meier was born in Würzburg in 1956. She made her debut in 1976 at the Würzburg Opera as Lola in "Cavalleria rusticana". In 1980, she made her international début at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as Fricka in "Die Walküre".
After the success as Kundry at the Bayreuth Festival in 1983 her career moved up to a new level. The following years she regularly appeared at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan, La Scala, Opéra national de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper and Bayerische Staatsoper.
In 1993 she sang Isolde for the first time, in Heiner Müller's production in Bayreuth, a sensational debut despite her conflicts with the producer. This production is now one of the classic productions from the Bayreuth Festival, and recently issued on DVD.
Sieglinde: O, hehrstes Wunder (Die Walküre, Act 3)
Isolde's Liebestod at La Scala
In 1995 she recorded Tristan und Isolde with Daniel Barenboim conducting. Her interpretations of Kundry, Isolde, Ortrud, Venus and Sieglinde in many productions around the world has made her one of the greatest Wagner singers of our time. Waltraud Meier lives in Munich.
In 2009 Waltraud Meier announced that she is not going to include Brünnhilde into her repertoire.
Waltraud Meier's Wagner productions on DVD
Peter Konwitschny, Zubin Mehta, Staatsoper München
David Alden, Zubin Mehta, René Kollo, Staatsoper München
Harry Kupfer, Daniel Barenboim, Bayreuther Festspiele
Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Kent Nagano, Baden-Baden
Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Kent Nagano, Christopher Ventris, Baden-Baden
Otto Schenk, James Levine, Metropolitan
Waltraud Meier's Wagner productions on CD
Daniel Barenboim, Bayreuther Festspiele
Daniel Barenboim, Berliner Philharmoniker
Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin
- Waltraud Meier at Bayreuth
- Waltraud Meier: I Follow a Voice Within Me (documentary)
- Waltraud Meier's Homepage
- Documentary about Waltraud Meier on Amazon
- About Waltraud Meier on Mostly Opera
- Search for Waltraud Meier on Amazon
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