Martha Guth Opera Singer

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Martha Guth, Soprano

Biography

Martha Guth, Soprano      



I am extremely proud to announce that I have just been named the winner of the Sorel Organization's Emerging Artist Award - more details to follow!

Acclaimed for her 'intuitive sensitivity' (Montreal Gazette), 'thrilling top range, rare breath control and an awesome legato' (Globe and Mail), soprano Martha Guth has emerged onto the international classical music scene as a persuasive and passionate artist.  The young soprano has sung under the batons of world-renowned conductors such as maestros Seiji Ozawa, Helmut Rilling, Robert Spano, Richard Bradshaw.  On the concert stage, Martha has sung with the Bach Akademie Orchestra, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Hamilton Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic. She has been recorded live by the BBC in London, CBC radio /radio Canada and CBC Television.


Martha is passionately devoted to recital repertoire, and it is in song and chamber music that her polished craft and collaborative spirit shines. She won the coveted first prize at the 2007 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London, U.K., and in doing so, she was praised by Opera Now magazine as ‘magical’ for her performances.  Recital engagements for 2009 began at the legendary Hall with a recital of Schubert with Graham Johnson at the piano.  Other recent recitals included Festival Vancouver, the New Orleans Art Gallery, and Trinity Church on Wall Street in NYC.  She has sung at Lincoln Center, and for Claveçin en Concert with Radio Canada in Montreal, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Florestan Recital Project, the Santa Fe Symphony and the Vancouver International Song Institute (where she is also on faculty).  She has worked with pianist Graham Johnson for performances in London and Vancouver, as well as with Pianist Dalton Baldwin at the Liederkranz Hall in NYC.  She has created strong partnerships and collaborates frequently with Pianists Erika Switzer, Spencer Myer and Alison d'Amato.  Martha’s most recent operatic credits include the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for Opera Lyra; First Lady in The Magic Flute at the Grazer Oper in Austria; Pamina in The Magic Flute; Konstanze inThe Abduction from the Seraglio in Göggingen, Germany (all Mozart).  Martha's roles at the Santa Fe Opera include singing Lauretta in Bizet’s Dr. Miracle for their 50th anniversary season, Norina in their touring production of Don Pasquale, and covering the roles of Agrippina in Handel’s Agrippina and Giunia in Mozart’s Lucio Silla.  

 

Up coming for Martha are some exciting world premiers that include pieces by composers Thomas Pasatieri, Tom Cipullo and Clint Borzoni. As a lover and frequent performer of contemporary music she will be devoting much of her spring and summer to this important repertoire. More information on Martha’s concert schedule can be found at www.marthaguth.com

 

Probably the most forward thinking project Martha has created, is a new podcast that she co-hosts with Pianist Erika Switzer, on classical song entitled ‘Sparks and Wiry Cries’.  It is available for free download on itunes or directly from her website. This podcast features mostly live performances by the phenomenal colleagues that are active in this important art form.  We discuss repertoire, collaboration, performance practice, historical context, and poetry and often include conversations and interviews with composers and performers as well.


Martha grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. As a child and adolescent she studied piano and voice with her beloved teacher Ella Levykh, who is still teaching in the Vancouver area, and sang in the Vancouver Bach Childrens Choir under Bruce Pullan.  She credits her love of classical music to these two things.  She holds an undergraduate degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music degree from the Cincinnati College/Conservatory of Music (CCM). Martha has been the recipient of several grants and awards, a degree of Meisterklasse from the Hochschule für Musik in Augsburg/Nürnberg, Germany, after receiving a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study with Edith Wiens. 

Martha is managed by Matthew Sprizzo, and more information can be found here: www.matthewsprizzo.com












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Matthew Sprizzo, manager   www.matthewsprizzo.com


Forthcoming Performances
Countess   Marriage of Figaro, Mozart   Opera Lyra, silver cast, Ottawa,
Canada
Orchestral Concert Ah Perfido, Beethoven Santa Fe Symphony
Recital Schubert, Graham Johnson Wigmore Hall, London, U.K.
Recitals, Various VISI, Vancouver International Song
and faculty Institute
Soprano Soloist Messiah Santa Fe Symphony
Recitals Schumann Myrthen Festival Vancouver

Opera
Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Mozart Opera Lyra, Ottawa, Canada
Norina Don Pasquale, Donizetti Toronto Philharmonia, Canada
Countess Marriage of Figaro, Mozart Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Lauretta Le Docteur Miracle, Bizet Santa Fe Opera, 2006
Norina Don Pasquale, Donizetti Santa Fe Opera Tour, USA
Giunia* Lucio Silla, Mozart Santa Fe Opera, USA
Konstanze Abduction from the Seraglio Goggingen, DE
1st Lady The Magic Flute, Mozart Grazer Oper, Graz, Austria
Agrippina* Agrippina, Handel Santa Fe Opera, USA
Pamina The Magic Flute, Mozart Goggingen, DE
Cleopatra* Julius Caesar, Handel Canadian Opera Company (COC)
Juliet Romeo and Juliet, Gounod Toronto Symphony Orchestra,
excerpts
Corinna* Il Viaggio a Rheims, Rossini Canadian Opera Company (COC)
Cornelia Giulio Cesare, Sartorio Canadian Opera Company (COC)
Illia* Idomeneo, Mozart Canadian Opera Company (COC)
Madrigalist* Venus and Adonis, Henze Canadian Opera Company (COC)
Alcina Alcina, Handel Opera Theater of Lucca, Italy
*Denotes cover

Oratorio, Recitals and Concert
Recital Various, Dalton Baldwin Joy in Singing, Liederkranz Hall, NYC
Recital Various, Spencer Myer Trinity Wall Street, NYC
Recital Poulenc songs Aldeburgh Connection, Toronto, Canada
Recital Various, Spencer Myer New Orleans museum of Art, Louisiana
Orchestral Mozart arias, Opera galas Badreichenhaller Philharmonie, DE
concerts
Recital World The Space Between,  Lincoln Center, Joy in Singing, NYC
Premier Scott Gendel
Recitals Graham Johnson, Margo Garret VISI; Vancouver International Song Institute
Recitals Schumann Andre Turp Society, Montreal, CBC radio
Recitals Schoenberg Symposium Ottawa International Chamber Music
Festival
Recital Various Debut Atlantic Tour, Canada, CBC radio
Concert Thomas Adès (songs) Santa Fe Opera, 2006
Exultate Jubilate and premier by Schmidt Hamilton Symphony Orchestra
Young Song  Graham Johnson St. John Smith Square, London, U.K.
Makers
Carmina Burana C. Orff Windsor Symphony Orchestra
Missa Solemnis Beethoven, Helmut Rilling Bach Akademie, Stuttgart, DE
Messiah various USA, Canada, and Germany
Opera Gala Mozart, Verdi Orchestra, ARTV, Spectra cable TV
Operatic  Rossini, Donizetti COC Orchestra, CBC radio and TV
selections
Operatic Mozart, J. Strauss Toronto Symphony Orchestra
selections

Competitions
2007  Wigmore Hall International Song competition, 1st Place
2003  Canada Council for the arts grant winner,  25,000.00 grant
2003  CBC Young Musicians Competition,  2nd place
2001  Jeunesses Musicales Competition,  1st Place



 


 

 



Repertoire

Repertoire

Opera

Work Role Composer                           
Manon Manon   Massenet                    
Marriage of Figaro Countess   Mozart                        
Don Pasquale Norina  Donizetti                    
Don Giovanni Donna Anna     Mozart                        
Lucio SillaGiunia    Mozart
Agrippina Agripinna Handel
Julius Caesar Cleopatra Handel
The Magic Flute Pamina Mozart
The Magic Flute 1st Lady Mozart
Abduction from the SeraglioKonstanze   Mozart
Dr. Miracle Lauretta    Bizet
Boris Godunov Xenia  Mussorgsky
Romeo et JulietteJuliette  Gounod
AlcinaAlcina   Handel
IdomeneoIllia   Mozart
Venus and Adonis Madrigalist   Henze
Carmen Micaela  Bizet

Oratorio
Work  Composer                                 

B minor Mass Bach
St Matthew Passion  Bach
St. John Passion   Bach
Magnificat  Bach
Mein Herze Schwimmt in Blut, Cantata 199   Bach
Jauchzett Gott in allen Landen, Cantata 51    Bach
Missa Solemnis  Beethoven
9th Symphony  Beethoven
Ein Deutsches Requiem  Brahms
Requiem   Faure
Alexanders’ Feast  Handel
Messiah  Handel
Sampson  Handel
Lord Nelson Mass    Haydn
King David    Honegger
Symphony #4 Mahler
Elijah   Mendelssohn
Exultate Jubilate  Mozart
Requiem   Mozart
Vespers  Mozart
Carmina Burana   Orff
Gloria  Vivaldi


Song
Work Composer Performance Venue
The Space Between (cycle) S. Gendel Lincoln Center, NYC, Premier
Recital with Graham Johnson F. Schubert Wigmore Hall, London
The First Woman (cycle) L. Uyeda (Can.) Paul Hall, NYC, American Premier
Myrthen (cycle), with Tyler Duncan R. Schumann Redpath Hall, CBC -RC,
 Montreal
Ariel (cycle, chamber) N. Rorem Pollack Hall, CBC -RC, Montreal
Op. 38 (6 songs) S. Rachmaninov New Orleans Museum of Art, USA
Various Songs L. BernsteinNew Orleans Museum of Art, USA
 A. Copland