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Court singer (tenor and bass) in Salzburg, well-known for his broad vocal range. Meissner married Maria Cäcilia Barbara Eberlin, daughter of the Salzburg Kapellmeister Johann Ernst Eberlin, in 1751.

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Meissner was the original Fracasso in Mozart's La finta semplice (1769) and toured Italy in 1770, performing with Mozart at the Collegium Germanicum in Rome on 2 May of that year. In 1757, Leopold Mozart described his voice as having a `quite exceptionally pleasing quality` but in a letter of 12 June 1778 to his father, Mozart said of Meissner that `has the bad habit of making his voice tremble at times, turning a note that should be sustained into distinct crotchets, or even quavers—and this I could never endure in him'.

Date 1
1725, Salzburg
Date 2
1795-02-12, Salzburg
Date (Mozart)
Location (Mozart)
Salzburg, Rome
Bibliographic Reference
Angermüller, `Die vorgesehenen Sänger`; Klein, `Unbekannte Mozartiana von 1766/67`; Clive, Mozart and his Circle, 101; Basso, I Mozart in Italia, 608