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Sound Bites: Meridian Prall 

A Michigan mezzo prepares for Monteverdi and Dvořák in Santa Fe.

By Evelyn G. Kocak



Best-known for her vocal ease and golden timbre, mezzo-soprano Meridian Prall is whole- heartedly dedicated to the advancement of classical music in the 21st century. Whether it be on stage or in the recital hall, Ms. Prall strives to communicate warmth into the hearts and souls of global audiences. 

Meridian’s 2021-22 Season began in Palm Beach, Florida where she enjoyed a residency with Palm Beach Opera as an Apprentice Artist, performing as the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in addition to covering several roles throughout their season. This season, she returns to Palm Beach where she will join the mainstage production of Fallstaff as Meg Page. As a Palm Beach Opera Benenson Young Artist, she will also cover Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. She will spend the summer as an Apprentice Artist with Santa Fe Opera where she will perform 3rd Wood Sprite in Rusalka.


Ms. Prall enjoys a wonderful relationship with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, having been 

originally invited to join the Gerdine Young Artists Program in Summer 2020 before the global pandemic prevented the festival from taking place. Meridian was invited back to OTSL for their 2021 Summer Festival, where she covered Janet Armstrong in Steven Mackey and Rinde Eckert’s Moon Tea as well as being featured in the Center Stage Young Artist Showcase. Continuing her work with OTSL, Meridian portrayed Rosina in their film production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville which released November 2021. In Summer 2022 Meridian was invited back to St. Louis for a third consecutive season as a Gaddes Festival Artist where she portrayed Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. For her work at OTSL, she received the Richard Gaddes Career Award in recognition of her important contribution to the success of the season and for her extraordinary vocal potential. She also received the Barbara and Stanley Richman Memorial Award from Opera Theatre of St. Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist for her work in Summer 2021. Ms. Prall will return to OTSL in 2024 as Cornelia in Julius Caesar.

Ms. Prall graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020 having performed as Aunt Lou in William Grant Still’s Highway 1, U.S.A. under the direction of Louise Toppin. As a result of winning the graduate level Concerto Competition, Meridian performed the United States premiere of Verklärtes Jahr, a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, with University of Michigan’s University Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Adrian Slywotzk. During her graduate studies, Meridian was a semifinalist in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition. 

Meridian loves long hiking adventures in the upper peninsula of Michigan, cooking and confectioning, passing-on her musical knowledge to her voice students, and caring for her two cats at home.

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December 9, 2023

Erie Philharmonic

June 2024

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

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