Meredith  Zara

Meredith Zara

Artist Affiliate, Voice

Contact Information

Phone: 404.875.4918
Email: mzara@agnesscott.edu OR zara@msu.edu

Office Hours: Mondays, by appointment only

Academic Degrees

B.M., cum laude, Indiana University
M.M., Manhattan School of Music

Teaching and Scholarly Interests

Meredith Zara has sung throughout Europe and the United States.  Ms. Zara studied at Indiana University, the Julliard School, and Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers were Inge Manski Lundeen, Edith Boroschek, and Margaret Harshaw. Following her debut at the New York City Opera, she was engaged at the opera houses in Detmold, Freiburg, and Dortmund. For over a decade she was the leading lyric coloratura soprano at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany. In addition, she made many guest appearances in other major opera houses including Amsterdam, Prague, Vienna State Opera, Munich State Opera, Zurich, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Sofia. Other performances include the Flanders Festival in Ghent, the Mozart Week in Salzburg, the Herrenhausen Festspiele and the Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy.

In the United States she has appeared with the Chattanooga Opera Association, the Atlanta Civic Opera, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and the Toledo Symphony. Appearances include the Verdi Requiem with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the role of Rosalinda with Opera Lenawee.

Her opera repertoire extends from such rare works as Mitridate of Mozart, Armide of Haydn, and Comte Ory of Rossini to the more standard operas such as Barber of Seville, Magic Flute, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Lucia di Lammermoor, and La Traviata.  Her concert repertoire includes Carmina Burana, the Lord Nelson Mass, C Minor Mass of Mozart, the Missa Solemnis, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

Ms. Zara is featured on the complete recording of Mitridate, Re di Ponte on Memories Records. She is a recipient of the 1992 Friedrich Schorr Prize for Opera.

Ms. Zara is Professor Emeritus of Voice at Michigan State University, where she taught for 16 years and was head of the voice faculty for 12 of those years. Ms. Zara, a native of Atlanta, is currently teaching at Agnes Scott College where she has served as an artist affiliate for fourteen years. She is mentioned in the 2002 International Who’s Who in Classical Music.

Professional Activities

Awards & Honors:
-Fulbright Grant
-Rockefeller Grant