(Credit: Osterfestpiele Salzburg/© Matthias Creutziger)
The Semperoper Dresden has awarded Mezzosoprano Christa Mayer the honorary title of Kammersängerin des Freistaates Sachsen.
The decision for the award was made by the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism at the suggestion of the Managing Director of the Sächsischen Semperoper Dresden. The Honorary Award of the Kammersänger was last presented in 2015 to bass Georg Zeppenfeld.
Managing Director of the Semperoper Dresden Peter Theiler expressed his gratitude and pleasure for honoring Mayer, stating that both management and audiences at the Semperoper Dresden are delighted to have her as an artist and an important member of the ensemble. “You are a role model for our young singers,” Theiler added in his statement.
Mayer completed her vocal studies at the Bayerischen Singakademie, as well as the Musikhochschule in Munich in 2001. She then joined the Semperoper Dresden ensemble, appearing in a number of operas. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary works.
Mayer recently performed the role of Brängane in Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” at the Bayreuther Festspiele, the role of Fenena in Verdi and Solera’s “Nabucco”, and role of Prince Orlofsky in J. Strauss, Haffner and Genée’s operetta “Die Fledermaus” at the Semperoper Dresden.
Mayer will officially receive the Honorary Award of the Kammersängerin des Freistaates Sachsen during her recital at the Semperoper Dresden on Feb. 26, 2020.