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Deanne Meek (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: USA

The American mezzo-Soprano, Deanne Meek, is a native of the Pacific Northwest. Formally a principal artist with New York City Opera, she has recently been making celebrated debuts in the UK and throughout Europe. Her performances of Octavian in director David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Der Rosenkavalier with Opera North were praised as ‘superb’ and ‘breathtaking’, she then made her debut with English National Opera as Ruggiero in Alcina, conducted by Richard Hickox. In the UK she has made two role debuts, firstly Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera North, again to critical acclaim, and most recently Angelina / La Cenerentola with Grange Park Opera.

Deanne Meek is on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, making her Met stage debut in performances of Idomeneo and Madame Butterfly. As a principal artist with New York City Opera, where she made her USA debut in 1996, roles have included Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Mercedes in Carmen, Diana / Iphigénie en Tauride, Harriet Moscher in the acclaimed New York premiere of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel.

A frequent guest in many of the major opera houses worldwide, Deanne Meek's European credits include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Opera Ireland, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the new David McVicar production at La Monnaie, Brussels and at the Liceu in Barcelona, directed by Robert Carsen. At the Bregenz Festival she performed Ines in Il Trovatore in Robert Carsen’s new production conducted by Fabio Luisi and most recently she made her Paris debut at the Châtélet as Rossweisse in Bob Wilson’s new production of Die Walküre.

In North America Deanne Meek's appearances include Fyodor / Boris Godunov for the Washington Opera, Sesto in Giulio Cesare with Portland Opera, Siebel in Faust with Vancouver Opera, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte for the Portland Opera, Karolka in Jenufa and Dido in Dido and Aeneas at the Spoleto Festival USA, Javotte in Manon for the Dallas Opera, Jo March in Little Women with the Minnesota Opera, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier for Opera Pacific, and most recently Dryad / Ariadne auf Naxos with Los Angeles Opera. With the Opera Theatre of St. Louis she sang Zenobia in the US premiere of George Frideric Handel's Radamisto where she also sang Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as for the Kentucky Opera. Deanne has also sung Nerone / L’incoronazione di Poppea for the Boston Baroque, as well as Mozart’s Requiem and G.F. Handel’s Messiah and a recording of The Beneficent Dervish for the Telarc Label.

An active recitalist, Deanne Meek has been a fellow at both the Tanglewood and Ravinia Music Festivals in the USA, and has sung in recital in Paris, New York, Baltimore, Washington D.C., St. Louis and the Pacific Northwest.

Future engagements include her return to the Châtélet, Paris and the Bregenz Festival, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte in a new production with Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg and Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos with Tulsa Opera.

Source: IMG Artists Website (October 2005)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2006)

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