Waltraud Meier Retires from Opera Stage

By Francisco Salazar

On Oct. 20, 2023 Waltraud Meier said goodbye to the Opera stage at the Berlin State Opera.

The mezzo-soprano said “Now I have expressed everything – I have nothing more to say musically and therefore goodbye!”

Meier sang the role of Klytämnestra in Strauss’ opera “Elektra.”

The Berlin State Opera noted, “Waltraud Meier has fascinated her audiences for several decades, through the expressive power and richness of nuance of her voice, through her scenic presence and intense acting, through her knowledge of the characters and their dramatic action, through the charisma of her personality. We thank her for many unforgettable evenings.”

Meier made her operatic debut in 1976 and her international debut in 1980. She went on to become one of the leading Wagnerian interpreters portraying Kundry, Isolde, Ortrud, Venus, Fricka, and Sieglinde. She also had success in French and Italian repertoire appearing as Eboli, Amneris, Carmen, and Santuzza.