Meijer studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she graduated
'cum laude' in 1992, and was awarded with the Nicolai-Prize 1992 for
her interpretation of works by Rossini.
Xenia Meijer is a regular member
of Al Ayre Español and la Sfera Armoniosa, with whom she
recorded numerous CD’s. Various CD’s with Al Aye Español
were awarded, among others with the Diapason d’Or.
In the opera world Xenia Meijer
is also very successful; in the past years she sang important roles
with Opera Factory, The Nationale Reisopera, Opera aan het Spui,
Opera Zuid, the Grand Theatre de Genève, Teatro de Palma
de Mallorca and the Komische Oper Berlin.
The staged production of Dido and Aeneas with Opera aan
het Spui, in which she sang the part of Dido, was filmed for the
Dutch television and has been broadcasted many times.
For many years she sang the parts of Despina in Mozart’s Così
fan tutte as well as Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the
Komische Oper Berlin in the famous stagings of Harry Kupfer, conducted
by Yakov Kreizberg.
In 1999 Xenia Meijer was invited by the Danish Radio to sing the
title-role in Bizet’s Carmen. In 2001 she performed
the part of Proserpina in Orfeo by Monteverdi in a successful
staging by Erik Vos in the Carré theatre in Amsterdam. This
season Xenia Meijer made a remarkable impression in a staged recital
production called De Kus (The Kiss) in which she
showed not only her classical vocal abilities, but also sang pop-
Xenia Meijer worked with many
world-famous conductors such as: Michel Corboz, Ivan and Adam Fischer,
Vladimir Spivakov, Viktor Libermann, Kenneth Montgommery, Jaap van
Zweden and baroque specialists such as Ton Koopman, Jos van Immerseel,
Paul McCreesh and Nicholas Kok.
In 1996 Xenia Meijer was awarded
with the prestigious Philip Morris Finest Selection 1996 Classical
Music as the first, and so far only vocalist. This prize gave her
the opportunity to record a solo-CD with operatic aria’s together
with the Neues Berliner Kammerorchester conducted by Jac van Steen.
This CD was nominated for the Edison Award in 1998.
In this same year Xenia Meijer was invited by the Concertgebouw
Amsterdam to make the “Rising Stars” recital tour, that
brought her to the important concert halls of Europe: Cité
de la Musique in Paris, The Musikverein in Vienna, The Symphony
Hall Birmingham, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konserthus Stockholm,
Athens, Cologne and Frankfurt.
Being a specialist in the field
of early Spanish and Latin American music she has been invited to
sing at the Chiquitos Festival 2004 and 2006 in Bolivia together
with Musica Temprana, one of the most remarkable ensembles to interpret
unedited Latin American music.
Her staged interpretation of
Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at the Holland Festival
Early Music 2004 was received with great enthousiasm by both press
and audience. The press praised her refined dramatism, and her rendering
being as dramatic as it was poetic, showing all kinds of expression.
In november 2004 Xenia Meijer sang the solo-part in El Amor
Brujo by Manuel de Falla with the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra,
conducted by Juan Pons.
In the spring of 2005 she interpreted the part of Baba the Turk
in The Rake’s Progress by Igor Stravinsky in Winterthur
(Eric Schoones en Maarten Kroese)