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Waltraud Meier

The German dramatic soprano and mezzo combined, Waltraud Meier, was born in Würzburg in 1956 and is best known for her Wagnerian roles, which include Kundry, Isolde, Ortrud, Venus and Sieglinde. Her firm, expressive voice is allied with an exceptional dramatic gift, an intense charisma and a reputation for risk-taking. Her tempestuous personality has occasionally been as notable offstage as on.

She made her international debut in 1980 as Fricka in Die Walküre at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and went on to build a steady career scoring a great success as Kundry in Parsifalat the 1983 Bayreuth Festival. Since then has performed in all of the world’s greatest opera houses including La Scala, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera and the Vienna State Opera.

During the 1990s, with the encouragement of Daniel Barenboim, Meier shifted from mezzo roles to the dramatic soprano repertoire, appearing at Bayreuth as Isolde and debuting as Leonore in Fidelioat the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She also added Sieglinde...