George Meader

Picture of George Meader
George Meader (1888–1963) was an American artist who first achieved success abroad. During his childhood, he sang with a boys' choir in Pittsburg and later studied music at the University of Minnesota.

His bright voice was first noticed during a trip to Germany, and he proceeded to undertake serious study with Anna Schoen-Rene. He made his concert debut in 1908 in London.

After studying with Pauline Viardot-Garcia in Paris, he made his operatic debut in Leipzig in 1910 in Der fliegende Holländer. A year later, he created the role of Scaramuccio in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos in Stuttgart.

He became a successful concert artist and sang the tenor role in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde in 1913 in Amsterdam under Mengelberg's direction.

He also participated in the celebrated performance of Haydn's Creation in Berlin. Meader remained in Germany until 1919, when he returned to the USA.

He joined the Met in 1921, appearing in the American premiere of Korngold's Die tote Stadt with Maria Jeritza. He sang a total of eleven seasons, making a total of 385 appearences, generally in buffo and character roles.

After a period spent singing operetta and musical comedy, he eventually settled in Hollywood, California. He may still be seen as a supporting actor in a number of movies before 1952. George Meader recorded for both German Grammophon and Columbia.

George Meader singsDon Giovanni: Bande der Freundschaft

George Meader singsRigoletto: Liebe ist Seligkeit, with Gertrud Runge

George Meader singsUndine: Vater, Mutter, Schwestern, Brüder
Many thanks to Anton Bieber for the recordings and label scans of Rigoletto and Undine.
I wish to thank Vladimir Efimenko for the biographical notes, the picture and the recording (Don Giovanni).

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