Prof. Mag. Helga Meyer-Wagner

Born and raised in Vienna, the renowned teacher studied at the University and Academy of Music (today University for Music and Performing Arts). Under the name Helga Wagner she enjoyed an international carreer as opera and concert singer: 1966 as alto singer at Wiener Volksoper, 1969-1976 as mezzo-soprano at Landestheater Linz, where she changed to dramatic sopranist. Years of various performances in Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland followed until 1997 (Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Volksoper, Salzburger Festspiele, Bregenzer Festspiele, Hamburg, Duesseldorf, Wuerzburg, Kassel, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Basel, Zurich, Prague etc.)

Her repertoire in the opera contains about 100 parts in three vocal registers. As she changed her voice register during her carreer, she sang different parts in some operas like Ottavia and Poppea in Monteverdis L’incoronazione di Poppea, Marcellina and Countess in Mozarts Le Nozze di Figaro, Ulrica and Amelia in Verdis Un ballo in maschera, Oktavian and Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier (Cavalier of the Rose) as well as Elektra and Klytemnestra by Richard Strauss. She had amazing success in the contemporary opera as Katja Ismailowa in Lady Macbeth by Mzensk, Schostakowitsch, Schönbergs Erwartung and Mathis der Maler (Expectation and Mathis the Painter), Cardillac by Hindemith, Melusine and Das Schloss (The Castle) by Reimann.

1990 – 1993 at the drama school of Wiener Volkstheater, since 1992 at Konservatory of the City of Vienna (today KWU), since 1993 in the departements for voice solo and music pedagogy (today Institute Antonio Salieri) at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. 1995 she implemented the discipline Ensemble Practice at the conservatory: Students worked out musical and scenic opera sections and performed them in schools. The young school audience reacted enthousiastic on this opera experience, proofed by noumerous feedbacks. Until today she is frequently invited to realise her proven project in workshops and summer classes to prepare young talents for the real situation in opera establishment.

Helga Meyer-Wagner is founder and president of EVTA-Austria (Bund Österreichischer Gesangspädagogen/Federation of Austrian Voice Pedagoges) and editor of the spezial interest magazine vox humana, published in cooperation by BDG and EVTA-Austria. For her merits on the mediation of cultural values she was honoured with the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art in 2014.