Johanna Meier in conversation with Christopher Cook

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  • Johanna Meier in conversation with Christopher Cook
    4 November 2021
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Johanna Meier in conversation

with Christopher Cook

ZOOM WEBINAR: 6.30pm, Thursday 4th November


Johanna Meier

One of the foremost Wagnerian sopranos of her generation, Johanna Meier is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music.  She began her career at the New York City Opera, during which time she went on to begin a major international career. She was a member of the Metropolitan Opera for 15 years, and was well known throughout Europe, singing at the Vienna Staatsoper, English National Opera, and with the opera companies of Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence, Madrid, Barcelona, Zurich and the Netherlands to name only a few.  She also appeared with the Canadian Opera, and in Japan, Israel, Mexico City, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

She was the first American ever to sing the role of Isolde in “Tristan und Isolde” at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany; the production was filmed by Unitel as part of the Wagner Centenary celebration, and has since been released in this country through Deutsche Gramaphon. She was heard at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, and sang with most of the major symphony orchestras in the United States and abroad, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, l’Orchestre de Paris, the Munich Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Israel Philharmonic, and the famous Concertgebouw at the Holland Festival. She has twice appeared on PBS Great Performances, the first time in the title role of “Vanessa” and later in the world premiere of “Dangerous Liasons” with the San Francisco Opera, as well as in the CBS Special Premiere of “The Questions of Abraham” with Sherrill Milnes.

As a recitalist, she has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and others, as well as throughout Europe. She sang for a Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC, as well as at the formal dedication of Mt. Rushmore by President Bush. In 1998 she founded the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute in Spearfish, South Dakota where she taught annually until 2015, joined by an internationally recognized faculty of former operatic colleagues. She has given Master Classes for young singers and has taught at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes Conservatory, and Ithaca College as well as privately. She is also a regular judge for the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions.


Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook began his career in television, producing for BBC 2 and Channel 4. He broadcasts regularly on BBC Radios 3, 4, and 5. He is a regular contributor to BBC Music Magazine and has written for Gramophone and International Record Review.  He teaches for the University of Syracuse on their London Programme and for the British American Drama Academy, and was a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, London. He has chaired pre-concert events for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Study Days at Glyndebourne and at the Royal Opera House, where he also interviews for their ‘In Conversation with …‘ programmes. He has chaired English National Opera’s pre-opera series for eight years. Christopher was the Director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in 2004 and Chair of the Cheltenham International Music Festival until 2013.

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