Martha Guth, soprano
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, and 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. Martha won the coveted first prize at the 2007 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London, U.K. In doing so she was praised by Opera Now magazine as ‘magical’ for her performances there. Recital engagements have included Wigmore Hall with pianist Graham Johnson, Festival Vancouver, The New Orleans Art Gallery, Trinity Church on Wall Street and Lincoln Center in NYC. She has sung with Claveçin en Concert, 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. 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 in The 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. Forthcoming performances include multiple recitals with frequent collaborating partner Erika Switzer, a Brahms Requiem with grammy Winning Maestro John Nelson, Haydn’s Creation with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, a Wigmore Hall recital with Pianist Graham Johnson, the lead female role in Tom Cipullo’s ‘Glory Denied’ with Chelsea Opera, and four world premiers.
A strong advocate for contemporary music, Martha is always in the process of working on exciting new projects and premiers. These include pieces by Thomas Pasatieri, Tom Cipullo, Lloyd Burritt, John Greer, John Fitz-Rogers and Stephen Chatman. More information on Martha’s upcoming 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 regularly features live and studio 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. 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, and the 1st place winner of many prestigious international competitions. She also carries the postgraduate ‘Meisterklasse’ degree 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.