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Miriam Meyer, soprano

The soprano Miriam Meyer was born in Osterode am Harz, Germany, she studied medicine at Hanover University and at the same time started vocal training with W. Reimer at the Hanover University of Music and Drama. She moved to the Luebeck University of Music where she studied with U. Bästlein obtaining her diploma with distinction in 2002.
Miriam also participated in masterclasses with Renata Scotto, Irwin Gage, Charles Spencer, Kai Wessel and Esther de Bros.

From 2000 to 2002, concurrently with her studies, Miriam was a member of the ensemble of the Stadttheater Hildesheim where she sang roles such as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Anne in the mono-opera Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank by Grigori Frid, Marzelline in Fidelio and Christel in Zeller’s Vogelhändler.

Before she has opted to work as a freelance singer, the young soprano became a member of the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin from 2002 to 2008 where she appeared as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Aennchen in Der Freischütz, Marzelline in Fidelio, Valencienne Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), Adele in Die Fledermaus (The Bat), Katka in the world premiere of Frank Schwemmer’s opera for children ‘Der Reiter mit dem Wind im Haar’, Mi in Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smile) and Musetta in La Bohème.

Miriam Meyer has sung under noted conductors such as Michail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Petrenko, Constantin Carydis, Friedemann Layer, Andreas Spering, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Ton Koopman and Hans-Christoph Rademann.

The versatile soprano is frequently invited to prestigious festivals and music venues. With the baroque ensemble Lautten Compagney under Wolfgang Katschner she appeared at the Halle Handel Festival as Clizia in Teseo in a production directed by Axel Köhler which made guest performances at Bayreuth Baroque, Hanover Herrenhausen Festival, Winterthur, Potsdam Sanssouci, Royal Theatre Bury St. Edmund, and in London. Under Hans-Christoph Rademann she has sung the soprano solos in various concerts from works by J. S. Bach, J. L. Bach, Handel, Telemann, and Vivaldi in co-operation with the Dresden Chamber Choir as well as with the NDR Choir (North German Radio Chorus) at festivals and venues such as the Telemann Festival Magdeburg, Music Festival Dresden, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Festtage Alter Musik im Erzgebirge, and St. Johannis Hamburg. Various radio recordings were made by NDR and MDR. With the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir under Ton Koopman Miriam appeared in concerts with works by J.S. Bach and D. Buxtehude at the International Buxtehude Festival Luebeck (NDR direct channelling in cooperation with all the German cultural broadcasters and various international radio stations), at the Music Festival of Bremen, the Festival of Ancient Music in Utrecht, in Leiden, and Krakow and took part in CD-productions as a part of the complete recording of the cantatas by Buxtehude.
At the 2004 International Herrenchiemsee Festspiele Miriam made her role-debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro under Enoch zu Guttenberg. An ARD TV production of Haydn’s Seasons and concerts with his Creation at the Alte Oper Frankfurt and at the Prinzregententheater Munich followed with excellent reviews. In 2005, Miriam repeated the Seasons at the Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival. In 2006, she sang the soprano solo in Mahler’s 4th Symphony on a tour of England under Enoch zu Guttenberg, and in the summer of that year returned to the Herrenchiemsee Festspiele as Susanna. Miriam participated in a China tour in 2009 (Bejing Music Festival) with Haydn’s Creation, Seasons and Nelson Mass as well under Enoch zu Guttenberg. Further projects with him in 2010-11 included her role debut as First Lady in The Magic Flute at the International Herrenchiemsee Festspiele, Mozart’s C Minor Mass at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and Nelson Mass at the Beethoven Fest Bonn.

Engagements in 2012 and 2013 include: Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on a tour of the Netherlands with the Noord Nederlands Orkest, St. John Passion at St.-Martin-in-the-Fields in London, a tour with Haydn’s Seasons under Enoch zu Guttenberg, Bach-Cantatas at the International Herrenchiemsee Festspiele in 2012 and 2013 as well as Brahms’ German Requiem with the Bochumer Symphoniker. She appears at the Bach-Fest Leipzig 2013 and at the Buxtehude-Tage in Luebeck. In a revival of the Herrenchiemsee Festspiele’s Magic Flute production at the PrinzregentenTheater in Munich Miriam will perform again the First Lady.
Miriam Meyer took part in various radio-, TV, CD and DVD productions. In 2008, she sang the role of Iphis in a CD-production of Handel’s oratorio Jephtha with the Dresden Baroque Orchestra (live-recording at the Dresden Frauenkirche) for the Carus label. In 2009, Farao released a DVD with Haydn`s Seasons under Enoch zu Guttenberg. The recording “Dietrich Buxtehude, Opera Omina VII – Vokal Werke Vol. 3” with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir under Ton Koopman and Miriam as soprano-soloist, won the “Echo Klassik Award 2009” for the best recording of 16th – 17th Century choral works. In 2010, Miriam Meyer sang the soprano-solo in a CD- production of Louis Spohr’s ‘Die letzten Dinge’ with the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St Petersburg.


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