Watch Now: Waltraud Meier: I follow a voice within me (Documentary, 2008)

Written By The Wagnerian on Monday, 25 December 2017 | 3:41:00 am

A portrait of the mezzo-soprano singer Waltraud Meier Presenting her on stage and in rehearsal as Didon, Ortrud, Leonore, Amneris, Sieglinde, Kundry, Marie, Komponist, Venus, Isolde, and as a Mahler lieder singer. Featuring interviews with Daniel Barenboim, Plácido Domingo, Hans Sotin, Angela Zabrsa, Jürgen Flimm, Ioan Holender, Stephan Suschke and Siegfried Jerusalem. Ever since her acclaimed début in the role of Kundry at Bayreuth in 1984 at the very latest, Waltraud Meier has been one of the top-flight Wagner performers of our time, and setting standards in the meantime in the Italian and French repertoire, too. Not only does this film document present her in a wide variety of roles but we also experience her in conversation backstage, a fascinating personality who enjoys her professional life and takes an active part in planning it. This portrait of outstanding singer is then rounded off by an enthralling live recording of Mahler's Lied von der Erde from the Cologne Philharmonie directed by Semyon Bychkow.