Meta Seinemeyer

German soprano (1895-1929)





This website is a tribute to Meta Seinemeyer, who died tragically of leukemia at the age of 33. She had, in my opinion, one of the greatest soprano voices of the 20th century. I believe that, if she hadn't died so young, she would be known as one of the greatest singers ever. Her voice is one of great intensity, and it possesses a certain poignancy, a quality that has been described as "tears in the voice", which makes it unique. She was also quite versatile, and equally at home in the German and Italian repertoires. Seinemeyer was especially well-known for her Verdi roles, which included Leonora in Forza del Destino, Amelia in Ballo in Maschera, Aida, and Desdemona in Otello; she was a leading figure in what was called the "Verdi Renaissance" in Germany (I hope to include more about this later). But she also sang, to great acclaim, several Wagnerian roles, including Sieglinde in Die Walk�re, Eva in Die Meistersinger, Elsa in Lohengrin, Elisabeth in Tannh�user, and Senta in Der fliegende Holl�nder. In addition, she sang a great variety of other roles, from Mozart to Busoni. Her repertoire included at least 51 roles in 46 operas, quite a few when you consider that her career lasted only 11 years. She also made over 100 recordings, in which her incredible voice can be heard today.

NEW! Editorial on the neglect of Seinemeyer's recordings by the major CD companies, and what you can do to improve the situation.

NEW! Look at my memorial for Seinemeyer at findagrave.com and leave "virtual flowers" for her.

On Friday, Sept. 30, 2005, Radio Suisse Romande broadcast a 2-hour program on Seinemeyer, which should be available in their archives for at least a month.

This site currently includes:

Eventually, it will also include pages on Seinemeyer's colleagues (including a page about her husband, conductor Frieder Weissmann). I am also planning to translate some pages into German (particularly the home page and the brief biography).

My article on Seinemeyer has been published in the Dec. 2002 issue of The Record Collector. A copy can be obtained from The Record Collector at $10.00 (U.S.), inclusive of postage.

My article "Meta Seinemeyer in the United States: The Wagnerian Opera Festival of 1923", has been published in the Summer 2004 issue of Opera Quarterly. The article is available at this site. (It may require a password.)

LATEST NEWS: My latest article on Seinemeyer has been published in the Spring 2005 issue of Classic Record Collector.

I have been doing research on Seinemeyer's life and career since April 2001, and eventually I'd like to write a biography of her, even though I realize that will take many years. On this website, I'd like to share some of my research. I will also be mentioning problems I've run into. I would like to hear from people who could help me in my research, and I would especially love to hear from her family members and, even though I know this is a long shot, people who have seen her in performance. Yes, I know that her last performance took place over 75 years ago, but there may be someone still alive who saw her. I would also love to hear from people who knew Frieder Weissmann (which I'm sure will be much easier, since he lived until 1984). If you have any comments to send me, you can contact me at vickik@umich.edu. I'd love to hear from you!

Please feel free to sign the guestbook. I can read German, so if you would prefer to leave a message in German, please do so. Unfortunately, I've recently had to change the guest book set-up so I have to approve all messages, because people were posting spam.

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Thank you to Andrea Suhm-Binder of cantabile-subito for permission to use the photos of Seinemeyer.

Copyright 2002 Vicki Kondelik.