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England: Meeta Raval

Soprano - born 1983

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World finalist

Meeta Raval attended Wells Cathedral School and was the first Head Girl Chorister in the country. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a first class honours degree and was awarded a Diploma of Distinction by Royal Academy Opera.

Meeta won the Dame Eva Turner Prize and the Royal Academy of Music Pavarotti Prize. She has participated in master classes with Dame Ann Murray and Mirella Freni, and completed her studies at the National Opera Studio in 2010.

Operatic roles include Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Micaela Carmen, Magda La rondine, Mimì La bohème, Liù Turandot, The Witch Hänsel und Gretel and the title role Suor Angelica. Meeta's operatic debut at English National Opera was as First Flower Maiden Parsifal.

On the concert stage, Meeta has sung the Bach Mass in B Minor and Johannes Passion; Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem; Bruckner's Te Deum; Dvořák's Stabat Mater; Strauss's Vier letzte Lieder and Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder. Broadcasts include Contessa in Discovering Figaro and Soprano in Janáček's Diary of One who Disappeared, both for BBC Radio 3, and Teresa Das Wundertheater by Henze for RAI.

Future plans include Cio-Cio San Madam Butterfly for Mid Wales Opera in September. Meeta enjoys shopping, travel, cinema, dancing and all kinds of music.

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011: Final repertoire

  • Timor di me? ... D'amor sull'ali rosee (Il trovatore) - Verdi
  • Sola, perduta, abbandonata (Manon Lescaut) - Puccini
  • Beim Schlafengehen (Vier letzte Lieder No 3) - R Strauss

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011: concert two repertoire

  • Signore, ascolta! (Turandot) - Puccini
  • La mamma morta (Andrea Chénier) - Giordano
  • How can I sleep ... At the haunted end of the day (Troilus and Cressida) - Walton
  • Mercè, dilette amiche (I vespri siciliani) - Verdi

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize 2011: recital two repertoire

  • Gretchen am Spinnrade (D 118) - Schubert
  • Nacht und Träume (D 827) - Schubert
  • L'invitation au voyage - Duparc
  • Sleep (Five Elizabethan songs No 4) - Ivor Gurney
  • Love went a-riding - Frank Bridge