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Christa Mayer studied at the University of Music and Theatre in Munich. She attended the class of Lied interpretation with Helmut Deutsch and the opera course, taking part in performances at the Prinzregententheater Munich, and graduated with 1st class honours.
She was a prize winner in several competitions, such as the ARD International Music Competition 2000. Moreover, she has been awarded the Richard-Strauss-Medal – the Young Talent Prize of the Richard Strauss Society – and the Bavarian State’s Prize for Young Artists.
In 2001/2002 season Christa Mayer joined the ensemble of the Saxon State Opera in Dresden, where she has been performing Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried, Fenena in Nabucco, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Fabio Luisi, Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff with Daniele Gatti, Baba in The Rake’s progress, Adelaide in Arabella with Peter Schneider.
She was engaged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Bavarian Staatsoper Munich as well as at the Teatro di Maggio musicale Florence and the Teatro La Fenice Venice.
In 2006 she performed (Rheingold) in the Ring-Cycle at the Semperoper Dresden under the baton of Fabio Luisi, and she debuted as Waltraute in Götterdämmerung. In 2007 she took part in the Ring-Cycle in Valencia and Florence (M° Zubin Mehta) as Erda (Rheingold).
Christa Mayer is even an internationally acclaimed concert singer: Bach Weihnachtsoratorium – Helmuth Rilling, Mozart-Requiem – Barcelona Palau de la Musica, Beethoven Missa C-Dur – Lissabon Teatro San Carlo; Beethoven 9th Symphony – Bamberger Symphoniker, Bach-h-moll-Messe – Kreuzkirche, Dresden; Händel-Messiah – Konzerthaus Berlin and Mahler-Kindertotenlieder, September Musical Montreux. Glanert Requiem for Bosch with BBC London, Gurrelieder with Thielemann in Dresden.
Following her CD Recital Debut with songs of Hermann Zilcher at Orfeo International, the artist performed at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Bad Kissingen Summer Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
In Summer 2008 Christa Mayer made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival – as Erda and Waltraute, followed by the re-invitation for 2009 and 2010, even as Mary in Der fliegende Holländer. Her interpretation of Brigitta in Die tote Stadt at the Venice Fenice turned out to be a much acclaimed success.
In Dresden she sang Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Gaea in Dresden’s new production Daphne, Didon in Les Troyens and Erda/Waltraute in Ring. As Cornelia she was even invited to Düsseldorf, at the Hamburg State Opera she sang Quickly (Falstaff) and Erda.
Her Brangäne in Tristan, new production, at the Bayreuth Festival received high international acclaim. The New National Theatre Tokyo invited Christa Mayer as Erda (Rheingold/Siegfried). In Salzburg Christa Mayer sang Emilia (Otello), the mezzo part in Missa solemnis and Fricka (Walküre) under Christian Thielemann. Further roles in Dresden were Fricka and Gräfin (Mathis der Maler) under Simone Young, Fenena in Nabucco, Mutter in Hänsel und Gretel.
In the 2020/21 season, Christa Mayer appeared as Clairon in the new Dresden production of Capriccio. At the 2021 Bayreuth Festival she sang Fricka in Die Walküre as well as Magdalene in Die Meistersinger. Projects of the current 2021/22 season include Die Schweigsame Frau at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Fricka in the Ring at the Bayreuth Festival , as well as Gertrud/Hänsel und Gretel, Orlofsky/Fledermaus, Brigitta/Die Tote Stadt and Ježibaba/Rusalka in Dresden. She will also appear in numerous concerts, including Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Semyon Bychkov, Mahler’s 3rd Symphony at the Brucknerhaus Linz (Markus Poschner), Mozart’s Requiem with Christian Thielemann in Salzburg, and Zemlinsky/Sechs Gesänge, op. 13, at the Wiener Konzerthaus with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Omer Meir Wellber).
The Saxon State Opera of Dresden honoured Christa Mayer for her artistic achievements and awarded her the prestigious title of Kammersängerin. The Bavarian State awarded Christa Mayer the “Bayerischer Kulturpreis”.