Obituary: Dutch Mezzo-Soprano Cora Canne Meijer Dies at 91

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
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Dutch mezzo-soprano Cora Canne Meijer passed away on August 25, 2020, at the age of 91.

Cora Canne Meijer graduated from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. The mezzo-soprano debuted in 1950 with the Nederlandse Opera (now De Nationale Opera) in the role of Annina in Verdi’s “La Traviata.”

During her first year at the Nederlandse Opera, Meijer sang a number of major roles, including Prinz Orlofsky in Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” Cherubino in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Rosina in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” and the title role in Ambroise Thomas’ “Mignon,” among others. Cora Canne Meijer also performed at the Glyndebourne Festival in 1957 as Cherubino in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

Meijer was a member of the ensemble of the Opernhaus Zürich from 1960 until 1962. The Dutch mezzo-soprano made her big breakthrough in the Netherlands in the title role of Bizet’s “Carmen” at De Nederlandse Operastichting, after which she had performed roles such as Charlotte in Massenet’s “Werther,” Azucena in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” and Der Komponist in Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos.”

Cora Canne Meijer also worked as a voice teacher at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam.