(Born October 24, 1955)
Cheryl Studer is a Grammy Award winning American dramatic soprano.
A singer with extraordinary versitility she has sung at many of the world's major opera houses in a repertoire of no less than eighty roles.
These have extended from the dramatic repertoire to those usually more closely related to the lyric range and coloratura.
She has been especially praised for her interpretations of Wagner and Strauss roles.
Learning piano and vioila as a child she became inspired by listening to albums of Maria Callas.
After early music studies and attaining a degree in vocal performance she won several competitions and awards including a scholarship offered to her by Leonard Bernstein.
In 1981 after studying with Brigitte Fassbaender and Hans Hotter for a year was engaged as a permanent member of the Bavarian State Opera. Early roles included Marenka in The Bartered Bride and Helmwige in Die Walkure.
In 1984 she played Violetta in La Traviata and in 1985 after achieving international recognition playing Elizabeth in Tannhauser under the baton of Giuseppe Sinopoli at Bayreuth she was offered many opportunities in leading houses throughout Europe.
In 1986 she played Pamina in Die Zauberflote at the Opera de Paris and went on to debut at the San Francisco Opera as Eva in Der Meistersinger. She debuted with the Royal Opera in '87 in Tannhauser and her debut at La Scala was Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
In 1988 she made her Met debut playing Micaela in Carmen then returned to La Scala for a production of William Tell before returning to Paris to play in Der Freischutz.
In Vienna she played Chrysothemis in Elektra before being announced as the winner of the Grand Prix du Disque – Prix Maria Callas.
Also in 1989, Cheryl Studer returned to La Scala for Verdi's I Vespri Siciliani before debuting with the Opera Company of Philadelphia playing Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.
In 1990 she returned to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni. Throughout the nineties she added role after role to her repertoire and continued to sing in the most prestigious houses with singers such as Sammuel Ramey and some of the world's best orchestras.
In 1995, she sang the role of the Princess in Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier for the first time at the Salzburg Festival and a year later sang the Marschallin at the Vienna State Opera.
She then returned to the Royal Opera House to sing Richard Strauss' Arabella and then went back to Salzburg to sing Leonore in Beethoven's Fidelio under the baton of Sir Georg Solti.
Many other prestigious engagments kept Cheryl Studer busy through the nineties until a vocal crisis caused the Bavarian State Opera to cancel her contracts, but after a brief time, she returned to form and was re-engaged for fourteen more productions.
In 2005 she sang Seglinde in Wagners first ever Ring Cycle in Beijing China and in 2010 she made her first directorial debut with a production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Germany.
No matter what else lies ahead of Ms Studer, her achievements have already way surpassed what most singers ever could achieve in two careers.