A grand finals winner at the 2004 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Meredith Arwady has performed with most of the top opera companies in the USA and her profile continues to rise in Europe.
Recent seasons have included debuts as Erda (Siegfried) and First Norn (Götterdämmerung) for Oper Frankfurt – followed by Erda at The Metropolitan Opera – as well as Gertrude (Roméo et Juliette) for Arizona Opera, Ivan the Terrible with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Beethoven's Symphony No.9 with Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, Mahler's Symphony No.8 at the Aspen Festival conducted by Robert Spano and Bach's St Matthew Passion under John Nelson for the Chicago Bach Project.
This season Meredith sings Mistress Quickly in both Keith Warner’s new production of Falstaff under Bertrand de Billy with Oper Frankfurt and Olivier Tambosi’s new production for San Francisco Opera under Nicola Luisotti. Meredith also returns to Houston Grand Opera as Erda in Carlus Padrissa’s (La Fura Dels Baus) production of Das Rheingold under Patrick Summers and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for Les Dialogues des Carmélites. In concert Meredith makes her Netherlands debut with the Noord Nederlands Orkest under Stefan Asbury in Mahler’s Symphony No.3.
Meredith’s roles have included Mistress Quickly (Falstaff) for Chicago Lyric Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia; Auntie (Peter Grimes) for Houston Grand Opera; the title role in Vivaldi’s Griselda and Gaea (Daphne) for Santa Fe Opera; Zita (Gianni Schicchi) and the Abbess (Suor Angelica) for San Francisco Opera; Pasqualita (Doctor Atomic) for her debut at The Metropolitan Opera as well as for Chicago Lyric Opera and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Myrtle Bagot in the world premiere of André Previn’s A Brief Encounter for Houston Grand Opera; Marquise de Berkenfeld (La Fille du Régiment) for the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera; Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) for Fort Worth Opera Festival; Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and She-Ancient (A Midsummer Marriage) for Chicago Lyric Opera; Meg Page (The Merry Wives of Windsor) and Madame Flora (The Medium) for the Merola Program of San Francisco Opera; and roles in Stravinsky’s The Nightingale and Berceuses du Chat for the Canadian Opera Company and in Boris Godunov for Dallas Opera.
She made her European debut as Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera) for Oper Frankfurt and returned there for a role debut as Erda (Das Rheingold). She made her UK debut as Pasqualita (Doctor Atomic) for English National Opera.
Meredith Arwady’s concert appearances include Alexander Nevsky (New York Philharmonic); Beethoven Symphony No.9 (with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Milwaukee symphony orchestras); Mahler's Symphony No.2 (Houston and Toronto Symphony orchestras); Messiah (Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra); Bach Cantata No.7 (Seattle Symphony Orchestra); and A Child of Our Time as part of Jessye Norman’s Honor! Festival at Carnegie Hall. Throughout her career Meredith has worked with such conductors as Lorin Maazel, Sir Andrew Davis, Robert Spano, Bruno Campanella, Alan Gilbert, Christoph Eschenbach, Edo de Waart, Lawrence Renes and Xian Zhang.