Waltraud Meier

Mezzo-Soprano

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Live from Il Teatro alla Scala di Milano – December 2007.


Waltraud Meier (Isolde), Ian Storey (Tristan), Michelle DeYoung (Brangaene), Gerd Grochowski (Kurwenal), Matti Salminen (Konig Marke), Willy Hartmann II (Melot), Ryland Davies (Hirt), Ernesto Panariello (Steuermann), Alfredo Nigro (Stimme eines jungen Seemanns)

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Daniel Barenboim (conductor) & Patrice Chéreau (stage director)

“The gaudiest event of the opera season in Europe, La Scala’s opener on Dec. 7 was a sublime new version of Tristan und Isolde directed by Patrice Chéreau under the baton of the house’s new principal guest conductor, Daniel Barenboim. ….. Mr. Barenboim, who knows this opera as well as anyone, drew rich, densely textured, multilayered sounds from his players.’ New York Times

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Wagner: Tannhäuser

Wagner: Tannhäuser

Bayerische Staatsoper 1995


René Kollo (Tannhäuser), Waltraud Meier (Venus), Bernd Weikl (Wolfram von Eschenbach), Nadine Secunde (Elisabeth), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Hermann), Claes-Håkan Ahnsjö (Walther von der Vogelweide), Hans Günter Nöcker (Biterolf), James Anderson (Heinrich der Schreiber), Gerhard Auer (Reinmar von Zweter), Johannes Pohl (Hirt)

Bayerische Staatsoper, Zubin Mehta (conductor) & David Alden (director)

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 | Original Language: DE

Subtitles: GB, FR, NL | Running Time: 193 mins

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

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Strauss, R: Elektra

Strauss, R: Elektra


Evelyn Herlitzius (Elektra), Waltraud Meier (Klytämnestra), Adrianne Pieczonka (Chrysothemis), Mikhail Petrenko (Orest), Tom Randle (Aegisth), Franz Mazura (Der Pfleger des Orest), Bonita Hyman (Erste Magd), Andrea Hill (Zweite Magd), Silvia Hablowetz (Dritte Magd), Marie-Eve Munger (Vierte Magd), Roberta Alexander (Fünfte Magd)

Coro Gulbenkian & Orchestre de Paris, Esa-Pekka Salonen

The last production ever staged by Patrice Chéreau, this 'Elektra' will remain as the most striking events of recent years in Aix-en-Provence.

"This production, with Esa-Pekka Salonen on the podium, the Orchestre de Paris in the pit, an all-star cast and Patrice Chéreau directing, has been hyped so hard that it would be gratifying to be able to enumerate its imperfections. But there are none. Chéreau, Salonen and their cast get everything so appallingly right… Chéreau takes Hofmannsthal’s chilling libretto to the letter, in the most minutely exacting manner, and Salonen does the same with the score, conducting with all the dispassionate clarity of the gore in a Tarantino film. If it were merely gore, it would be bad enough. Far worse, though, both men see every moment of tenderness in text and score in perfect detail.

These murderous family members are not monsters. They are real people, filled with love and yearning, damaged beyond repair.

Evelyn Herlitzius lives and breathes the mammoth title role. She is a wild animal, a dirt-smeared urchin in oversized men’s clothes, her wiry body barely containing the huge, disturbing emotions of her matricidal character. Her jerky, broken dance is one of this production’s many unforgettable moments. The opening night audience leapt to its feet to applaud her.

As her far more feminine sister, Adrianne Pieczonka is a revelation, with a lavishly creamy voice capable of expressing all the emotions that Elektra forbids herself. Waltraud Meier’s Klytämnestra is so dignified as to be almost harmless, a frail figure whose subsequent slaughter seems out of proportion to her errors. The men are strong, led by Mikhail Petrenko as an unnervingly compassionate Orest.

Richard Peduzzi’s sets and Caroline de Vivaise’s costumes set the action somewhere that could be the vestiges of any modern conflict, from the Balkans to Afghanistan, a grey, comfortless world of concrete, fear and oppression. Under Salonen’s merciless direction, the Orchestre de Paris gives the lie to preconceptions about French orchestras and German romanticism, with playing that is transparent, brawny and seductive all at once.

The whole is so horribly compelling that it is hard to remember to breathe, and even harder not to join Elektra in eager passion for the closing bloodbath. Chéreau does not even bother with blood; in the end, Orest strangles his mother. It is vile, and utterly wonderful.

This production goes on to La Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Finnish National Opera, the Liceu in Barcelona and the Staatsoper Berlin. It has all the strengths of Chéreau’s legendary staging of Janácek’s 'From the House of the Dead'. Its shelf life will be long, and it will be talked about for even longer. A triumph for Aix." *****Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times

133 min. (opera 110 min. & bonus 23 min) Bonus: interview with Patrice Chéreau.

Image: 16/9, NTSC, Sound: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

“Chéreau himself operates with deadly restraint...There’s nothing utilitarian about the cast, though, least of all its Elektra. Precise in pitch, unfailingly intense and charismatic, the German soprano Evelyn Herlitzius conquers every challenge...The rest of Elektra’s cracked family receive equally striking portraits.” The Times, 30th May 2014 ****

“I found Herlitzius powerful and interesting, but never beautiful...the lyrical beauty of Adrianne Pieczonka’s Chrysothemis is a welcome contrast...Meier brings a star touch to Klytämnestra...She holds you spellbound for the half hour in which she is on stage...Petrenko is a marvellous Orestes; rich, authoritative, boomingly resonant and always musically involving.” MusicWeb International, 13th June 2014

“this is a remarkably absorbing Elektra, energised not just by Evelyn Herlitzius’ gritty anti-heroine and Waltraud Meier’s unclichéd Clytemnestra, but by Chéreau’s decision to show the two revenge-murders onstage. The DVD includes a charming and revealing 23-minute interview with the director” Financial Times, 21st June 2014 ****

“[Herlitzius] has made this opera her own, and watching her sensationally acted and searingly sung performance from Aix, it is easy to understand why. Her physical commitment to her role, and her unstinting, occasionally wild, vocalism are astounding...Salonen gets sensuous and dramatic playing from the OdP. A classic.” Sunday Times, 27th July 2014

“Herlitzius as the vengeful daughter is vocally tireless...Chereau exacts similarity intense, realistic performance from Adrianne Pieczonka as Chrysothemis...Other crucial elements in a total theatrical experience are Richard Peduzzi's colossal set and Esa-Pekka Salonen's conducting, which is visceral throughout. This is one of the truly indispensable opera DVDs.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2014 *****

“It is Herlitzius's performance and the finely detailed, well-balanced conducting of Esa-Pekka Salonen...that are the main selling points...One of Chereau's innovations is to have Klytemnestra played relatively straight, rather than as the neurosis-addled monster she can be...Pieczonka is a terrific Chrysothemis, tearing into the role with luscious tone that thins only occasionally.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2014

“Chéreau has deliberately rejected the expressionist clichés usually associated with productions of Elektra for something more thoughtful and dramatically cohesive…Herlitzius is exceptional in the title role, delivering top notes that are searing and incisive, while Adrianne Pieczonka gives a riveting performance as Chrysothemis…Strauss’s compelling score is given a wonderfully lyrical reading.” Opera Now, September 2014

“Herlitzius’s vocal stamina is striking. Her voice is full and strong, rings out powerfully and even cuts through the loud orchestra … Pieczonka is splendidly focused of voice, cutting through the orchestral sound with a genuine shine on the tone … Salonen energises the orchestra … a winning one [performance] altogether.” International Record Review, October 2014

“[Chereau's] Elektra shares many of the radical, unsparing qualities that distinguish his finest work. Typically, he dispenses with cliche, and in place of the snarling, expressionist approach found in most stagings, offers a humane modern-dress drama...Salonen conducts the Orchestre de Paris with a grave eloquence that places as much emphasis on the score’s moments of lyrical repose as on passages of churning anguish.” The Guardian, 11th December 2014 ****

GGramophone Awards 2015

Winner - Opera

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - September 2014

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Bel Air Classiques - BAC110

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Strauss, R: Elektra

Strauss, R: Elektra

Live recording from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburger Festspiele 2010


Iréne Theorin (Elektra), Waltraud Meier (Klytämnestra), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Chrysothemis), Robert Gambill (Aegisth) & René Pape (Orest)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Daniele Gatti (conductor) & Nikolaus Lehnhoff (stage director)

Special Release On The Occasion Of Richard Strauss’ 150th Anniversary On 11 June 2014.

Complete Opera Recording

+ Exclusive Bonus Feature: More than 150 minutes of highlights from 50 critically acclaimed opera, ballet & documentary productions on Blu-ray Disc

+ Arthaus Musik Blu-ray Catalogue

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD

Master Audio 5.1 Picture Format: 16:9

Blu-ray Disc: 50 GB (Dual Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition

Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, IT, JP, Korean

Running Time: 109 mins

FSK: 6

Region Code: worldwide

“Here's a treat for Expressionism junkies...dominated by Theorin's extraordinary heroine, a Brunnhilde gone seriously to seed, a real tour de force of concentrated energy, vocal stamina and dramatic power, who occupies most of the very well-made film in close-up. Daniele Gatti gets marvellous sounds from the Vienna Philharmonic, all the score's fever and neurosis but also its tenderness... There's really not a weak link here.” Opera Now, Summer 2011 *****

“Elektra's Freudian creepiness constantly attracts sensationalist productions, so it's a pleasure to report just how fine this 2010 Salzburg staging is. Daniele Gatti's conducting is powerful enough, but never loses sight of the score's eerie lyricism and sombre glow, which Nikolaus Lehnhoff's staging embodies to atmospherically...Among Elektras on DVD this, along with Karl Böhm's historical performance, must rank among the best; and on Blu-ray it is superb.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 *****

BBC Music Magazine

DVD & Blu-ray Choice

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2012

DVD Finalist

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Arthaus Musik - 108110

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Verdi: Don Carlos (Five-act French version)

Verdi: Don Carlos (Five-act French version)


Roberto Alagna (Carlos), Karita Mattila (Elisabetta), Thomas Hampson (Posa), Jose van Dam (Filippo II), Waltraud Meier (Eboli)

Orchestre de Paris & Chœur du Théâtre du Châtelet, Antonio Pappano (conductor), Luc Bondy (director)

Directed for video by YVES ANDRÉ HUBERT

Executive Producer BEATRICE DUPONT

Set in 16th-century France and Spain, Don Carlos tells of the political and amorous rivalry between King Philip II and his son, Don Carlos, over Elisabeth de Valois. Boasting an international cast in one of Verdi’s most popular operas, Luc Bondy’s moving production is the original French version restored to five acts.

Recorded live at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, in March 1996 and re-mastered in high-definition from the original master tape.

Region-free NTSC (compatible with all modern PAL players)

Dolby Digital audio 5.0 surround & L-PCM stereo / 4:3

Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

“in virtually every respect, the Pappano DVD of the original French version is the one to have; there you sense the full value of Verdi’s original and preferable thoughts in an intelligent, finely sung and directed performance.” Gramophone Magazine

“Now only available on Blu-ray, this 1996 French-language version of the opera (Théâtre du Châtelet) captures Roberto Alagna in full bloom in his finest Verdi role, with Karita Mattila an elegant yet sensual Elisabetta and Waltraud Meier a coruscating but still supremely classy Eboli. Jose van Dam's Filippo has an unusual nobility and humanity, and Thomas Hampson's Posa (a role which he sang superbly only last year at Salzburg) is tremendously moving.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical

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Warner Classics - 2564634780

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Waltraud Meier sings Wagner

Waltraud Meier sings Wagner


Wagner:

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Der Männer Sippe (from Die Walküre)

Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an 'Senta's Ballad' (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Höre mit Sinn was ich dir sage (from Götterdämmerung)

Einsam in trüben Tagen (from Lohengrin)

Grausamer! Fühlst du im Herzen? (from Parsifal)

Wie lachend sie mir Lieder singen (from Tristan und Isolde)

Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort 'Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene' (from Götterdämmerung)


RCA - 88883711212

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Maazel conducts Wagner

Maazel conducts Wagner


Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Lohengrin: Act 1

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod

Waltraud Meier (mezzo)


RCA - 09026631432

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Inbrunst im Herzen: Famous German Arias & Scenes

Inbrunst im Herzen: Famous German Arias & Scenes


Mozart:

Solche hergelauf'ne Laffen (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Franz Hawlata (bass)

Oh, wie will ich triumphieren (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Franz Hawlata (bass)

Martern aller Arten (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Christine Schäfer (soprano)

Wenn der Freude Tränen fließen (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Paul Groves (tenor)

Strauss, R:

Ich habe keine guten Nachte (from Elektra)

Brigitte Fassbander (mezzo), Eva Marton (soprano)

Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher jetzt voll ist? (from Salome)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Morgen mittag um elf! (from Capriccio)

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Wagner:

Inbrunst im Herzen (from Tannhäuser)

René Kollo (tenor)

Geliebter, komm! (from Tannhäuser)

Waltraud Meier (mezzo)


Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 & 16:9

Audio Language: Multilingual

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR

DVD 9 / NTSC

Running Time: 80 mins

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Arthaus Musik Great Arias - 109244

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Inbrunst im Herzen: Famous German Arias & Scenes

Inbrunst im Herzen: Famous German Arias & Scenes


Mozart:

Solche hergelauf'ne Laffen (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Franz Hawlata (bass)

Oh, wie will ich triumphieren (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Franz Hawlata (bass)

Martern aller Arten (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Christine Schäfer (soprano)

Wenn der Freude Tränen fließen (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Paul Groves (tenor)

Strauss, R:

Ich habe keine guten Nachte (from Elektra)

Brigitte Fassbander (mezzo), Eva Marton (soprano)

Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher jetzt voll ist? (from Salome)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Morgen mittag um elf! (from Capriccio)

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Wagner:

Inbrunst im Herzen (from Tannhäuser)

René Kollo (tenor)

Geliebter, komm! (from Tannhäuser)

Waltraud Meier (mezzo)


Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 & 16:9

Audio Language: Multilingual

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR

Blu-ray Disc 25 GB (Single Layer)

Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 80 mins

FSK: 0

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Wagner: Tannhäuser

Wagner: Tannhäuser

Bayerische Staatsoper 1995


René Kollo (Tannhäuser), Waltraud Meier (Venus), Bernd Weikl (Wolfram von Eschenbach), Nadine Secunde (Elisabeth), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Hermann), Claes-Håkan Ahnsjö (Walther von der Vogelweide), Hans Günter Nöcker (Biterolf), James Anderson (Heinrich der Schreiber), Gerhard Auer (Reinmar von Zweter), Johannes Pohl (Hirt)

Bayerische Staatsoper, Zubin Mehta (conductor) & David Alden (director)

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 | Original Language: DE

Subtitles: GB, FR, NL

Running Time: 193 mins

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Arthaus Musik Legendary Performances - 109153

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