Meredith Arwady

Meredith Arwady

Vocalists — Contralto

"No less accomplished was the imposing achievement of Meredith Arwady as the Old Prioress. This was easily the finest performance I have yet seen from Ms. Arwady, her potent contralto pulsing through her punishing death scene like it was written for her. Not merely content to pin our ears back with her steely capabilities, she found a fine subtlety of expression in her brief but memorable stage time, tugging at our hearts with her fate and her fears." —James Sohre, Opera Today, July 8, 2014 - Mme. Croissy in 'Dialogues of the Carmelites' at Opera Theatre of St. Louis

"The rich-toned contralto Meredith Arwady created a sympathetic character and provided most of the work’s slender comic relief as Auntie, the publican and madam." —James R. Oestreich, New York Times, June 22, 2013 - 'Peter Grimes' at the Aspen Music Festival

"...Meredith Arwady offered a powerful performance as Kathy Hagan, the boisterous owner of a gay bar frequented by drag queens." —Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times, April 22, 2013 - 'Champion' at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis


Hailed by critics as a “rarity” and “a genuine contralto,” Meredith Arwady continues to delight audiences in the United States and abroad with rich vocal intensity and captivating stage presence.

Meredith Arwady returns to Oper Frankfurt at the beginning of the 2014 – 2015 season as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff. She will then debut at the English National Opera as Martha in John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary in a production by Peter Sellars. Ms. Arwady returns to the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Hannah in Tobias . . .

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