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Elisabeth Meister

  • Soprano

Biography

Elisabeth Meister: Trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Miss Meister was a member of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera chorus before continuing her development at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice, where she studied with Dennis O’Neill. During her first season at ROH Covent Garden, she appeared as Pale Lady The Gambler, and High Priestess Aida. In addition, she covered the title roles in Der Rosenkavalier and Aida, Polina The Gambler and The Fox The Cunning Little Vixen, a role in whichshe unexpectedly went on for the complete run of performances, under the baton of Charles Mackerras, with great reviews.

Miss Meister has appeared in roles such as Fiordiligi Cosí fan tutte, Elisabetta Maria Stuarda both for English Touring Opera, Countess Le Nozze di Figaro for Amici Opera, Judith Weir’s King Harald’s Saga for the London Contemporary Music Festival, Mimí La Bohème and Marianna Il Signor Bruschino for Opera Barga in Tuscany, and Woglinde Das Rheingold in concert in Oxford. Other roles include Elisabeth Tannhäuser and title role Turandot.

A well-established concert artist in the British Isles, her appearances include Haydn’s Creation with the Ulster Orchestra, Dvorák’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius and The Kingdom, Jenkins’ A Mass for Peace, Mahler’s Forth Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Tippett’s A Child of our Time and Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony. At St John’s, Smith Square, Elisabeth has appeared in Orff’s Carmina Burana with baritone Christoper Maltman, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle among other works.

Miss Meister has recorded Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop for Naxos, Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall under Sir David Willcocks for Hyperion Records, and Verdi’s Requiem at Canterbury Cathedral under Howard Ionascu. Recent live successes include her debut at the Royal Festival Hall in the UK premiere of Torsten Rasch’s song cycle Mein Herz Brennt, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, and Verdi’s Requiem at London’s Cadogan Hall.