Meredith Ziegler, mezzo-soprano
Praised for her “stunning voice” and “delightful portrayals”, Meredith Ziegler has impressed critics and audiences alike with her warm lyric mezzo-soprano voice and her engaging characterizations. Ms. Ziegler's leading operatic roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera Theater of Conecticut), Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte (Granite State Opera, Cape Cod Opera), Dido in Dido & Aeneas (Connecticut Lyric Opera), Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti (Connecticut Concert Opera), Hänsel in Hänsel & Gretel (Opera Theater of Connecticut), and Meg Page in Falstaff (Opera North). As a Resident Artist with Connecticut Opera, Ms. Ziegler performed the roles of Mercedes in Carmen, Zulma in L'Italiana in Algeri, and Inez in Il Trovatore.
Internationally, Ms. Ziegler’s work has taken her to Graz, Austria where, she was a soloist with the AIMS Festival Orchestra for performances of Bernstein’s Arias & Barcarolles. Closer to home she appeared as a soloist in Rutter's Magnificat and Handel's Messiah with the Falmouth Chorale, Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été with the Holyoke Civic Symphony, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass the New Haven Oratorio Choir. Additionally, Ms. Ziegler was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Extra Chorus.
Ms. Ziegler holds a Master of Music in voice from the University of Connecticut, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Connecticut. She has been a young artist with Opera North, Connecticut Opera, and AIMS in Graz. Ms. Ziegler has been an award winner in competitions with the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Sullivan Foundation, Palm Beach Opera, Connecticut Opera Guild, and Opera Theater of Connecticut. Ms. Ziegler teaches voice at the University of Connecticut and also maintains a private studio. Her students have performed with various opera companies and symphonies around the U.S.A. and internationally including Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Aspen Music Festival, Opera Theater of CT, Opera in the Ozarks, New Haven Symphony, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Skidmore Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, and the AIMS Festival Orchestra. Alumni from Ms. Ziegler’s studio have continued their education with scholarships at renowned conservatoires and universities such as The New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Maryland, Ithaca Conservatory, and the University of Minnesota. Ms. Ziegler was a 2012 NATS Teaching Intern with George Shirley.