BiographyThe soprano, Martina Welschenbach, was born in Stuttgart, Germany. She studied music at the Stuttgart Conservatory, at the Guildhall School of Music, and at the Royal College of Music in London.
Whilst still studying, she gave guest performances in minor roles at Staatstheater Stuttgart and at the National Theater in Zagreb. She has won grants from the Konstantin and Kid Lambert foundation and from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
In 2005, she joined the International Opera Studio at the opera house in Zürich. Within a few weeks, she was engaged as a member of the ensemble at the opera house. By the season of 2008/09, Welschenbach changed to the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she has performed in roles such as Musetta/La Bohème, Gretel/Hansel and Gretel, Oscar/Un ballo in maschera, Ännchen/Der Freischütz, and Echo/Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as Clorinda/La Cenerentola, Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina/Don Giovanni, Micaëla/Carmen, Pamina/Die Zauberflöte, Woglinde/Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, Karolka/Jenufa, Solveig/Peer Gynt, Liu/Turandot, and Vixen/Cunning Little Vixen.
Throughout her career, Martina Welschenbach has worked with such renowned stage directors as Claus Michael Gruber, Jens-Daniel Herzog, Martin Kuschej, Carlo Lievi, Christof Loy, Giancarlo del Monaco, and David Pountney and conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedosejev , Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Cornelius Meister, Ingo Metzmacher, Carlo Rizzi, Donald Runnicles, Nello Santi, Peter Schneider, Franz Welser-Möst, Jonathan Nott, and Sir Simon Rattle.
In the season 2012/13, she made her debut as Freia in Wagner’s Rheingold and Eva in Meistersinger, successfully breaking ground in German repertoire.
Guest engagements and concerts led her to Vienna, Paris, Lucerne, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Eutin, Leipzig, and Gera. Highlights include her acclaimed debut at the Opéra National de Paris as Regina in Mathis der Maler under Christoph Eschenbach, the role of Thekla/Wallenstein with the ORF under Cornelius Meister at the Vienna Konzerthaus, her role debut as Fiordilig/Cosi fan tutte in a concert version under Marcus Bosch, the role debut of Tatjana/Eugene Onegin in several concertante performances with the Norddeutsche Philharmonie, as well as her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Claude Debussys’ La Damoiselle élue under the baton of Donald Runnicles.
From season 2015/16 on, Martina Welschenbach works freelance, but remains an acclaimed guest singer at Deutsche Oper Berlin, her roles including Mimì/La Bohème, Europa/Die Liebe der Danae, and Irene in Wagner’s Rienzi - and in the season 2016/17 roles such as Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte, Gretel/Hansel and Gretel, Freia/Rheingold, and Helmwige/Walküre, all under the baton of GMD, Donald Runnicles. Another important role debut was the title role in the new production of Lulu at Wuppertaler Bühnen in Germany.
In the current season, she will, among other things, be embodying Senta/Flying Dutchman at the Deutsche Oper Berlin under Donald Runnicles, in Bari, and in Rennes.
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|Bach, J.S.||Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen|
|Britten||Ceremony of Carols|
|Grieg||Peer Gynt / Solveig|
|Mahler||Symphony no. 4|
|Vespere solennes de Confessore|
|Suter||Le Laudi oli.25|
|Hindemith||Mathis der Maler||Regina|
|Humperdinck||Hansel and Gretel||Gretel|
|The Cunning Little Vixen||Vixen|
|Mozart||Così fan tutte||Fiordiligi|
|Die Zauberflöte||1st Lady|
|Don Giovanni||Donna Anna|
|La finta giardiniera||Ramiro|
|Le nozze di Figaro||Contessa|
|Strauss, R.||Ariadne auf Naxos||Echo|
|Die Liebe der Danae||Europa|
|Tchaikovski||Eugene Onegin (Concert)||Tatjana|
|Rigoletto||La contessa di Ceprano|
|Un ballo in maschera||Oscar|
|Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg||Eva|
|Zandonai||Francesca da Rimini||Samaritana|
Wagnerian waves of sound at the SpreeFor Martina Welschenbach, the fresh season begins with a true highlight. On September 18th she can be heard at the Berlin Philharmonie as part of the final concert of this year’s Musikfest Berlin. Under the baton of Donald Runnicles and, among others, alongside Bryn Terfel (Wotan) and Anja Harteros (Sieglinde) she will be singing the part of Helmwige in a concertante performance of the 3. act of Die Walküre.
Following this concert she will be returning to her Berlin parent house, the Deutsche Oper, where she will be performing the role of Senta in Christian Spuck’s staging of The Flying Dutchman on three nights: September 22nd, October 27th and November 18th. On September 22nd, Robert Watson will be with her on stage singing the part of Erik.