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    Waltraud Meier

    I found a DVD at the library I am watching today. Entitled "I Follow A Voice Within Me", it is a documentary portrait of Waltraud Meier. I've seen her name mentioned in various threads. It is good for me to be watching this, as a beginner. (But obviously anyone will benefit from watching this DVD.) It is paired with a performance of the Gustave Mahler "Das Lied von der Erde", with Waltraud Meier and tenor Torsten Keri.

    The documentary dialog is in German, with English subtitles. It is directed by Annette Schreier.

    I wish I understood the basics of German. I feel inspired to watch more Wagner, especially. Here locally we are getting ready for the 2013 production of the Seattle Opera Ring cycle.

    I thought it appropriate to start a Waltraud Meier thread to see what other people knew about her.

    Scott.

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    Well, she is one of the very best; basically everything that she does is great. She is particularly good as a dramatic Wagnerian soprano, and can also sing mezzo roles. She is also a beautiful woman, still very classy and attractive at her age, and absolutely stunning when younger. I particularly like her role as Venus in this Tannhäuser:



    She is also in my favorite Lohengrin:



    Here she is Venus:



    We're all in love with her. She is simply fabulous.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    She is one of best singers still performing. She is also one of those animals of the stage that give her absolute best, in live performance. I've watched her singing many of her signature roles, and she was always amazing.

    Meier, understandably, is however no longer the singer she was until a few years ago. She still can grab you with her stage presence and her wonderful artistry, but her voice is showing the burden of so many years, and so many heavy roles, like her incredible Isolde. Especially the top notes are now so-and-so.

    Her best roles:

    Isolde
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbTv8mFfX4s

    Kundry
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlGSGSTf43c

    Leonore
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVkRSsvPMsk

    Waltraute
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag_SRD1iPj4

    Sieglinde
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmjArjnyKIE

    Santuzza
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1hYx_XoXAU

    Carmen
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI1Rnp-gwKE

    Didon (Les Troyens)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m868NVdJp84

    Ortrud
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot4tOk-xBq0

    Eboli
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbTTE9H4-UU

    Giulietta (Les Contes de Hoffmann)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4WJ4hxrM-0

    Dalila
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZQ4TsRoAr0

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    I also love her (Her voice that is, and acting), and think is great.

    Was a bit dissapointed with her in Barenboim's Tristan - so wobbly!

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    أنا معجب فالتراود ماير، صوت رائع، والجمال ليس إلا ... هيذر هو الحال بالنسبة لها لإفراغ حقيبتها، لسماع الغناء ونوارس البحر نظر في المسافة ونصف قطرها من المسرحيات الشمس الرائعة في موجة زرقاء

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    For those puzzled by the above, Google Translate offers the following English version:

    "I'm impressed with Waltraud Meier, great sound, beauty is only ... Heather is the case for her to empty her purse, to hear the singing and the sea gulls looking into the distance and radius of the sun plays in the great blue wave."

    The mechanical translation may distort the meaning. Then again, it's Aramis, so . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by emiellucifuge View Post
    I also love her (Her voice that is, and acting), and think is great.

    Was a bit dissapointed with her in Barenboim's Tristan - so wobbly!
    You mean Barenboim's La Scala Tristan (directed by Patrice Chereau), right? If you haven't already, you might check her out in Barenboim's Bayreuth Tristan (directed by Heiner Müller), recorded some thirteen years earlier. It's my favorite Tristan on DVD (though the austere, minimalist production is not for everyone), and it gives you a chance to see and hear Meier in her prime as Isolde. Schigolch has provided a video link above to the beautifully staged Liebestod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    The mechanical translation may distort the meaning. Then again, it's Aramis, so . . .
    Hello "Amfortas",

    I see you wrote this. Perhaps you suggest something? I certainly do hope that moderation team will take care of it. I surely wouldn't want to participate in the forum where ad homs are on the agenda. I adviice you not to troll anymore as I'm not going to let myself be drawn into provocation like this.

    Regards,
    John "Aramis" Wimsey

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    No attack, Aramis. I merely meant to suggest that you continually surprise us with your whimsical flights of fancy. In whatever language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    You mean Barenboim's La Scala Tristan (directed by Patrice Chereau), right? If you haven't already, you might check her out in Barenboim's Bayreuth Tristan (directed by Heiner Müller), recorded some thirteen years earlier. It's my favorite Tristan on DVD (though the austere, minimalist production is not for everyone), and it gives you a chance to see and hear Meier in her prime as Isolde. Schigolch has provided a video link above to the beautifully staged Liebestod.

    Ive got the Barenboim Scala tristan, but I cant remember how she sang. I was referring to the 95 recording with the Berliner.. Should have been more specific!

    Will check out the other one, thanks

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    Everyone would do well to embody her drive and dedication for excellence in whatever it is they do. And what a MILF, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emiellucifuge View Post
    I also love her (Her voice that is, and acting), and think is great.

    Was a bit dissapointed with her in Barenboim's Tristan - so wobbly!
    I think your ears are wobbly. Can you tie them in a knot? Can you tie them in a bow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couchie View Post
    Everyone would do well to embody her drive and dedication for excellence in whatever it is they do. And what a MILF, too.
    Well, more likely, a MILFBINIHL.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Waltraud Meier is fantastic! I first met her in a dvd of Martha, a young Waltraud. Very good. I recently got her on CD with Placido Domings in Fidelio and am dying to grab the Fidelio DVD with her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Waltraud Meier is fantastic! I first met her in a dvd of Martha, a young Waltraud. Very good. I recently got her on CD with Placido Domings in Fidelio and am dying to grab the Fidelio DVD with her.
    Have you seen the Nagano Lohengrin that the captain mentions in post #2?

    I am not sure of the exact definition of mind blowing but I think her performance here is pretty close.

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