Christa Mayer, mezzo-soprano
Christa Mayer, mezzo-soprano, gave a master class at InterHarmony in 2018.
Christa Mayer Biography
Christa Mayer studied voice at the University of Music and Theatre in Munich. She attended the class of Lied interpretation with Helmut Deutsch and the opera course, taking part in performances at the Prinzregententheater Munich, and graduated with 1st class honours.
She was a prize winner in several competitions, such as the ARD International Music Competition 2000. Moreover, she has been awarded the Richard-Strauss-Plakette – the Young Talent Prize of the Richard Strauss Society – and the Bavarian State Promotion Prize for Young Artists.
Starting with 2001/2002 season Christa Mayer has been an ensemble member of the Saxon State Opera in Dresden, where she has been performing Erda (Das Rheingold, Siegfried) with Peter Schneider and Michael Boder, Fenena in Nabucco, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Fabio Luisi and Jun Märkl, Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff with Daniele Gatti, Baba in The Rake’s Progress with Michael Boder, Adelaide in Arabella with Peter Schneider.
She was engaged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Bavarian Staatsoper Munich as well as at the Teatro di Maggio musicale Florence and the Teatro La Fenice Venice.
In 2006 she performed Erda (Das Rheingold) in the Ring-Cycle at the Semperoper Dresden under the baton of Fabio Luisi and debuted as Waltraute in Götterdämmerung. Furthermore, she took part in the Ring-Cycles in Valencia and Florence (Zubin Mehta) in 2007 as Erda (Das Rheingold).
Christa Mayer is successful as a concert singer and performs across Europe in numerous concerts: Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium - Helmuth Rilling, Mozart’s Requiem - Barcelona Palau de la Musica, Beethoven’s Missa C-Dur - Lissabon Teatro San Carlo; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony - Bamberger Symphoniker, Bach’s h-Moll-Messe – Kreuzkirche, Dresden; Händel’s Messiah – Konzerthaus Berlin and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder - September Musical Montreux.
She has performed on several Strauss CD recordings with Karl Anton Riekenbacher. Following her CD Recital Debut with songs of Hermann Zilcher at Orfeo International, the young mezzo soprano performed at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
In Summer 2008 Christa Mayer made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival – as Erda and Waltraute, followed by the re-invitation for 2009 and 2010. Her interpretation of Brigitta in Die tote Stadt at the Venice Fenice (January 2009) turned out to be a much acclaimed success. In Dresden she sang Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Gaea in Dresden’s new production Daphne and Erda/Waltraute in the Ring. As Cornelia she was even invited to Düsseldorf, at the Hamburg State Opera she sang Quickly (Falstaff).
Future engagements include Die tote Stadt in Bilbao, Mary at the Bayreuth Festival and Erda (Siegfried) in Sevilla.
Sulzbach-Rosenberg is just less than an hour drive from the famous Wagner home to the Bayreuther Festpiele. This distance will become much shorter as mezzo-soprano Christa Mayer, the best of the Bayreuth, joins InterHarmony’s Outstanding Guest Artist Series. Ms. Mayer will give an open master class on August 9, 2018 at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival, where students in the Vocal program will be invited to perform. Students will be given a chance to hear Christa Mayer perform in concert with the festival Music Director, cellist Misha Quint, in the Brahms: Two Songs for Voice, Cello, and Piano.
Guest performances in recent years have brought Christa Mayer to sing main roles in opera houses in Berlin, Munich, Venice, Florence, Bilbao, Barcelona, Sevilla und Tokyo. Upcoming engagements include Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde and Mary in The Flying Dutchmen at the Bayreuth Festival.