studied at the Bavarian Academy of Singing and at the Munich Academy of Music, gaining her masterclass diploma in 2001. Even while she was still a student, the young
mezzo-soprano was already winning prizes and awards, including the International ARD Competition in Munich. Since 2001 Christa Mayer
has been a member of the Dresden State Opera, performing a
repertory that includes Erda in the Ring
, Fenena in Nabucco
, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly
, Adelaide in Arabella
and Mistress Quickly in
. Guest appearances have taken her to the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and to various festivals such as the Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein and Bad Kissingen Music Festivals and the
Schubertiade at Schwarzenberg. In 2004 she performed Mahler's Kindertotenlieder
at the Septembre Musical in Montreux. At the Bavarian State Opera she has been heard as Schwertleite in
. In 2007 she was invited by Zubin Mehta to sing Erda and Schwertleite in the Ring
in the newly built Palau de les Arts in Valencia.
She made her Bayreuth Festival début in 2008 as Erda and Waltraute in the Ring
. In 2009 she again will sing these roles again.