She began her singing studies in her native South Africa,with Margaret Roux, Stella Cavall and Maartin Coetzee, before traveling to Germany for further work with Theo Lindenbaum. She made her debut in 1969 at the Stadttheater of Bielefeld as Venus in “Tannhäuser”. She sang in Essen, Hannover and Hamburg before joining the Berlin State Opera in 1975. At Bayreuth she was heard first as Helmwige, followed by the Third Norn, Sieglinde, and Eva. Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera in 1988. Her repertoire included Brünnhilde, Venus,Senta, Leonore in “Fidelio”, the Trovatore Leonore, Abigaile, Amelia, Lady Macbeth, Ariadne, Chrysotemis, the Empress, and Giulietta.
Marita Napier as Senta in “Der Fliegende Hollander” San Francisco.
“Lohengrin” in Berlin
Marita Napier during her Metropolitan Opera days, 1986