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Sian Meinir

Mezzo-Soprano

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Artist Manager: Rhian Williams rhian.williams@harlequin-agency.co.uk

Assistant: Carys Davies carys.davies@harlequin-agency.co.uk

Website: http://www.sianmeinir.com


Sian Meinir’s rich and distinctive contralto timbre is well suited to the dramatic mezzo roles of Verdi and Wagner and with her extensive stage experience, she is equally at ease in character roles and contemporary works. Performance highlights include Enrichetta in I Puritani conducted by Carlo Rizzi, Solo Voice in Moses und Aron and Margaret in Wozzeck, conducted by Lothar Koenigs, for Welsh National Opera.

Her intelligent musicianship enables her to enjoy the challenges of new works and this season she will be singing the roles of Dr. Heinkel/ Alfana Llywarch/ Old Woman of Bala in the world premiere of OPRA Cymru’s Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd by Gareth Glyn.

Welsh mezzo-soprano Sian Meinir has over 20 years’ performing experience with some of the UK’s foremost opera companies. Her striking contralto timbre allows her an extensive repertoire ranging from Verdi, Wagner, Janáček and Schoenberg to character roles and contemporary works.

Roles for Welsh National Opera include Iseult of the White Hands Le Vin Herbé; Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (Julian Smith’s extended edition); Enrichetta I Puritani; Margaret Wozzeck; Solo Voice Moses und Aron; Annina La Traviata; Inez Il Trovatore; Giovanna Rigoletto; Rychtarka Jenufa; Awen Gair ar Gnawd (World Premiere), which was recorded for TV and broadcast on S4C. Covers for WNO include Mary Der Fliegende Hollander; Sick Woman Moses und Aron; Third Lady Magic Flute; Bird The Sacrifice; Grandmother Jenufa; Mamma Lucia Cavalleria Rusticana. She has performed Suzuki Madame Butterfly Scenes for WNO Creative in London and recorded Zena Katya Kabanova with WNO for Chandos.

Whilst at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, she performed Bridesmaid Le Nozze di Figaro; Slave Salome; Noble Orphan Der Rosenkavalier and Solo Voice in the World Premiere of Twyla Tharp’s ballet, Mr Wordly Wise.

Sian graduated with B.A.Hons degree from the University of Wales, Bangor, subsequently gaining a postgraduate Dip.RAM and LRAM from the Royal Academy of Music, London. She made her début with The Opera Factory as Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre and Teatro Municipal, Lisbon. In the same year, she sang at the Musical nel Chiostro Opera Festival, Batignano, Tuscany in a production of Bernstein’s Candide under the direction of Graham Vick.

Solo concert work highlights include Elijah in a performance with Sir Bryn Terfel, conducted by Richard Hickox, Wesendonck Lieder at the Wales Millennium Centre with WNO, Das Lied von der Erde and Ruckert Lieder at Llandaff Cathedral. Sian made her Royal Albert Hall début as a soloist in ‘The Best of Welsh’ concert. She has given recitals in all the major cities of South Africa as well as performances of the Messiah in Paris and Guernsey, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Montbotbourg Abbey, Mass in B minor at St. Martin’s in the Field and Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Magnificat at St David’s Cathedral. Other concert work includes Schumann's Frauenliebe und leben and Maria Stuart lieder cycles at Bangor and Southwark Cathedrals.

This season, Sian will be performing the roles of Dr. Heinkel/ Alfana/ Old Woman of Bala in the world premiere of Opra Cymru’s Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd by Gareth Glyn. Future engagements include further performances of her one-woman show, Y Danbaid Fendigaid Ann, depicting the work of hymn-writer Ann Griffiths.


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Bach Magnificat in D Major BWV 243
Bach Mass in B minor BWV 232
Bach Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
Bach Mass in D Major BWV 236
Bach Saint John Passion BWV 245
Bach Saint John Passion BWV 245
Berlioz Les Nuits D’été Op. 7
Brahms Acht Zigeunerlieder Opus 103
Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52
Brahms Zwei Gesänge Op. 91
Britten A Charm of Lullabies Op. 41
Debussy Trois Chansons de Bilitis
Debussy Le Promenoir des deux Amants
Dvořák Requiem Op. 89
Dvořák Stabat Mater Op. 58
Elgar Banner of Saint George Op. 33
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38
Elgar The Kingdom Op. 51
Elgar Sea Pictures Op. 37
Fauré L’Horizon Chimérique Op. 118
Handel Jephtha HWV 70
Handel Judas Maccabaeus HWV 63
Handel Messiah HWV 56
Handel Samson HWV 57
Handel Saul HWV 53
Haydn Theresienmesse
Haydn Nelson Mass
Holst Nelson Mass
Janáček JenůfaRychtarka; Grandmother Butyjorka (cover)
Jenkins The Armed Man
Mahler Symphony No. 2
Mahler Das Lied Von der Erde
Mahler Kindertotenlieder
Mahler Rückert Lieder
Mathias A Vision of Time and Eternity Op. 61
Mathias Saint Teilo
Mendelssohn Elijah Op. 70
Mendelssohn Paulus Op. 36 (Saint Paul)
Mozart Mass in C minor K. 427
Mozart Requiem in D minor K. 626
Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K. 317
Poulenc Banalités FP. 107
Quilter Seven Elizabethan Lyrics Op. 12
Rossini Petite Messe Solonnelle
Rossini Stabat Mater
Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël Op. 12 (Christmas Oratorio)
Schubert Mass No. 5 in A flat Major D. 678
Schubert Mass in F Major D. 105
Schumann Frauenliebe und Leben Op. 42
Schumann Maria Stuarda Lieder Op. 135
V. Williams Gloria RV. 589
V. Williams The House of Life
Verdi Requiem
Vivaldi Gloria RV. 589
Wagner Wesendonk Lieder WWV 91
Bach
Magnificat in D Major BWV 243
Bach
Mass in B minor BWV 232
Bach
Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
Bach
Mass in D Major BWV 236
Bach
Saint John Passion BWV 245
Bach
Saint John Passion BWV 245
Berlioz
Les Nuits D’été Op. 7
Brahms
Acht Zigeunerlieder Opus 103
Brahms
Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52
Brahms
Zwei Gesänge Op. 91
Britten
A Charm of Lullabies Op. 41
Debussy
Trois Chansons de Bilitis
Debussy
Le Promenoir des deux Amants
Dvořák
Requiem Op. 89
Dvořák
Stabat Mater Op. 58
Elgar
Banner of Saint George Op. 33
Elgar
The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38
Elgar
The Kingdom Op. 51
Elgar
Sea Pictures Op. 37
Fauré
L’Horizon Chimérique Op. 118
Handel
Jephtha HWV 70
Handel
Judas Maccabaeus HWV 63
Handel
Messiah HWV 56
Handel
Samson HWV 57
Handel
Saul HWV 53
Haydn
Theresienmesse
Haydn
Nelson Mass
Holst
Nelson Mass
Janáček
Jenůfa
Rychtarka; Grandmother Butyjorka (cover)
Jenkins
The Armed Man
Mahler
Symphony No. 2
Mahler
Das Lied Von der Erde
Mahler
Kindertotenlieder
Mahler
Rückert Lieder
Mathias
A Vision of Time and Eternity Op. 61
Mathias
Saint Teilo
Mendelssohn
Elijah Op. 70
Mendelssohn
Paulus Op. 36 (Saint Paul)
Mozart
Mass in C minor K. 427
Mozart
Requiem in D minor K. 626
Mozart
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K. 317
Poulenc
Banalités FP. 107
Quilter
Seven Elizabethan Lyrics Op. 12
Rossini
Petite Messe Solonnelle
Rossini
Stabat Mater
Saint-Saëns
Oratorio de Noël Op. 12 (Christmas Oratorio)
Schubert
Mass No. 5 in A flat Major D. 678
Schubert
Mass in F Major D. 105
Schumann
Frauenliebe und Leben Op. 42
Schumann
Maria Stuarda Lieder Op. 135
V. Williams
Gloria RV. 589
V. Williams
The House of Life
Verdi
Requiem
Vivaldi
Gloria RV. 589
Wagner
Wesendonk Lieder WWV 91
Bellini I PuritaniEnrichetta
Berg WozzeckMargaret
Britten Peter GrimesAuntie; Mrs Sedley
Britten The Rape of LucretiaTitle Role
Janáček Kátya KabanováZena
Martin Le Vin HerbéIseult of the White Hands
Mascagni Cavalleria RusticanaMamma Lucia (cover)
Mozart Die ZauberflöteThird Lady
Puccini Madama ButterflyKate Pinkerton; Suzuki
Puccini Gianni SchicchiZita
Purcell Dido und AeneasSorceress
Pwyll ap Siôn Gair ar GnawdAwen
Schoenberg Moses und AronSolo Voice; Sick Woman (cover)
Strauss SalomeSlave; Page (cover)
Stravinsky The Rake’s ProgressBaba the Turk
Tchaikovsky Eugene OneginFilipyevna; Larina
Verdi RigolettoMaddalena; Giovanna
Verdi La TraviataAnnina
Verdi Il TrovatoreInez
Wagner Der Fliegende der HöllanderMary (cover)
Bellini
I Puritani
Enrichetta
Berg
Wozzeck
Margaret
Britten
Peter Grimes
Auntie; Mrs Sedley
Britten
The Rape of Lucretia
Title Role
Janáček
Kátya Kabanová
Zena
Martin
Le Vin Herbé
Iseult of the White Hands
Mascagni
Cavalleria Rusticana
Mamma Lucia (cover)
Mozart
Die Zauberflöte
Third Lady
Puccini
Madama Butterfly
Kate Pinkerton; Suzuki
Puccini
Gianni Schicchi
Zita
Purcell
Dido und Aeneas
Sorceress
Pwyll ap Siôn
Gair ar Gnawd
Awen
Schoenberg
Moses und Aron
Solo Voice; Sick Woman (cover)
Strauss
Salome
Slave; Page (cover)
Stravinsky
The Rake’s Progress
Baba the Turk
Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Filipyevna; Larina
Verdi
Rigoletto
Maddalena; Giovanna
Verdi
La Traviata
Annina
Verdi
Il Trovatore
Inez
Wagner
Der Fliegende der Höllander
Mary (cover)

Opera

Le Vin Herbé

Iseult of the White Hands in Le Vin Herbé for Welsh National Opera, February 2017
The Daily Telegraph
Best of the smaller roles was Sian Meinir as the jealous Iseult of the White Hands.
Iseult of the White Hands in Le Vin Herbé for Welsh National Opera, February 2017
Bachtrack
Sian Meinir made an impact as the scheming Iseult of the White Hands.

Madama Butterfly

Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera, June 2017
Bachtrack
the most striking performance of the evening came from Sian Meinir as a wholly unsympathetic and patently insincere Kate Pinkerton.
Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera, June 2017
Wales Arts Review
not least in establishing the character of Kate Pinkerton, who in Sian Meinir’s portrayal especially was a woman on a mission with a bungling spouse.

Gair ar Gnawd

Awen in Gair ar Gnawd with Welsh National Opera, April 2015
Wales Arts Review
Sian Meinir is wonderfully extravagant as the self-confident Awen.

La Traviata

Annina in La Traviata for Welsh National Opera, April 2014
WhatsOnStage
Sian Meinir (also an excellent Kate Pinkerton for the company, another unobtrusive but crucial role) communicated all of Annina's weariness and frustration with the callow Alfredo.
Annina in La Traviata for Welsh National Opera, April 2014
Commsol
Sian Meinir as Violetta’s maid Annina brings warmth and vibrancy to her role, and is especially moving as we move towards the tragic ending
Annina in La Traviata for Welsh National Opera, April 2014
Seen and Heard International
Sian Meinir was a moving Annina…a portrayel touching in its openess and loyalty.

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