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Kammerschauspieler Robert Meyer

University Council

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Robert Meyer took over as artistic director of the Vienna Volksoper in September 2007.

He was born in Bad Reichenhall in Bavaria. After his schooling in Trostberg he learned the profession of a wholesale trader. From 1971 to 1974 he studied acting at the Mozarteum Academy of Music and Performing Art in Salzburg. During his studies he already had engagements to perform at the Salzburg Landestheater.

In 1974 Robert Meyer was engaged at the Burgtheater in Vienna and was a member of the ensemble there for thirty-three years. He performed over 90 roles in plays by Johann Nestroy, Jakob Lenz / Bertolt Brecht, Nikolai Gogol, Herbert Achternbusch, Arthur Schnitzler, Botho Strauß, William Shakespeare and Thomas Bernhard, among others.

He also appeared in very successful solo programmes such as Nestroy‘s Häuptling Abendwind; Johann Nestroy: Briefe und Couplets; Wilhelm Busch: Max und Moritz und andere gereimte Sachen; Heiteres über das Reisen – texts by Tucholsky, Thoma, Kishon and others, as well as the opera parody Tannhäuser in 80 Minutes by Binder / Nestroy, and together with the Neue Wiener Concert Schrammeln Robert Meyer always ensured capacity audiences at the Burgtheater.

Robert Meyer has appeared in many films, for instance as Erich in Tales from the Vienna Woods (directed by Maximilian Schell), as Adlatus Fuchs in Herr Ober (directed by Gerhard Polt) and in Die Ameisenstrasse (directed by Michael Glawogger). Robert Meyer is also widely known to television audiences from his appearances in various popular series such as Derrick, Der Alte, Tatort, Julia, Schlosshotel Orth, Der Bestseller, Soko Kitzbühel, Soko Donau Wien and Der Bulle von Tölz.

Since 1993 Robert Meyer has also directed productions, for instance at the Reichenau Summer Theatre, in the  Schauspielhaus Graz, at the Bad Ischl Opera Festival, in the Akademietheater and Burgtheater in Vienna (Zettelträger Papp oder Meine Frau hat eine Grille, Tannhäuser in 80 Minuten).

Robert Meyer is the bearer of the Nestroy Ring (1993) and was also awarded the Kainz Medal (1999). In 1997 he was awarded the title Kammerschauspieler.

Robert Meyer has celebrated great success in music-theatre productions, for instance at the Vienna Volksoper as Sigismund Sülzheimer (The White Horse Inn, 1993), as Sancho Pansa (Man of La Mancha, 1996) and Alfred P. Doolittle (My Fair Lady, 2003) and also at the Vienna State Opera as Frosch (The Bat).

Since taking over as artistic director at the Volksoper Robert Meyer has performed as Hans Styx (Orpheus in der Unterwelt), Njegus (The Merry Widow), as Frosch (The Bat), in Tannhäuser in 80 Minutes, as Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Schikaneder / Cilly Weber (Die Weberischen), Biberhahn der Heftige (Häuptling Abendwind) and as Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls) and Horace Vandergelder (Hello, Dolly!).

He directed the new productions Die lustigen Nibelungen, Häuptling AbendwindI, Antonia und der Reißteufel and Il Tabarro / Gianni Schicchi. He also directed the opening production of the current season, the operetta Ein Walzertraum.

In the 2012/13 season Robert Meyer appeared as the narrator in Volksoper tierisch, Wagner‘s RING in one evening and in Candide and from April he was again to be seen as Pseudolus in Die spinnen, die Römer! as well as Njegus in The Merry Widow, Frosch in The Bat, Doolittle in My Fair Lady, in Tannhäuser in 80 Minutes, and alternating with Markus Meyer as Lothar in Ein Walzertraum.