Mezzo soprano Marta Herman's singing has been described by Opernglas as “extraordinarily beautiful and well-managed”; a voice with an “impressively warm, soulful, mezzo sound” (OMM), whose “great vocal flexibility and distinctive timbre are enchanting” (Die deutsche Bühne).
Marta is a house soloist at Staatstheater Kassel, where her repertoire features Hänsel / Hänsel und Gretel, Suzuki / Madama Butterfly, and numerous Wagner roles (Erste Norn, Floßhilde, Grimgerde). Recent and upcoming engagements elsewhere include Oper Leipzig as Grimgerde / Die Walküre, and Oper Frankfurt as Zweite Dame / Die Zauberflöte and Third Nymph / Rusalka. Her other major roles in Kassel include leading roles in baroque operas such as Bradamante / Alcina, Emone / Antigona (Tommaso Traetta), Tierra / Los Elementos (Antonio de Literes), and Alto Solo / Anfang und Ende - B. A. C. H. (staged Bach cantatas), as well as Cherubino / Le nozze di Figaro, Stéphano / Roméo et Juliette, Bianca / Rape of Lucretia, Brigitta / Die tote Stadt, and Dritte Dame / Die Zauberflöte.
The music of the 20th and 21st centuries has an important place in Marta's repertoire; she has performed contemporary repertoire at the Darmstadt International New Music Festival, the Tonhalle Zürich, and with Stuttgart's renowned ExVoCo Ensemble, as well as having created leading roles in the world premieres of operas for the Toronto Luminato Festival and Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. Marta has also appeared with the The Music Gallery Toronto (EMERGENTS series recital for solo voice with electronics), Tapestry New Opera, the U of T New Music Festival, and the Toy Piano Compsers Collective, in works by Saariaho, Dusapin, Rehnqvist, Lutosławski, Elias, Kurtág, Sciarrino, Berio, Cage, and Canadians Sokolovic, Freedman, Hatzis, Vivier, Daniel, and Ho, as well as emerging composers. She has been invited to perform her unique recital program combining baroque and new music for voice and guitar entitled Tales of Love, Murder and (other) Nonsense for several recital series including Harbourfront Summer Music and Hart House Concerts, both in Toronto.
On the concert stage, Marta has appeared as a soloist in venues including the Palais Wittgenstein Düsseldorf, Schumann Haus Leipzig, and Roy Thomson Hall Toronto, and with the Frankfurter Oper- und Museumsorchester, as Hänsel in excerpts from Hänsel und Gretel in concert. Previous opera highlights elsewhere include Oper Frankfurt as Bird Vendor & 2nd Gentleman / Julietta (Martinu), Dutch National Opera as The Newspaper Vendor / Les mamelles de Tiresias (Poulenc), and the Salzburger Landestheater as Lisetta / Il mondo della luna (Haydn).
Marta is a former member of the Oper Frankfurt Young Artist Program, and the recipient of awards from the Solti Foundation, the Da Ponte Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council, and Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques. Herman is a first-generation Polish-Canadian born in Toronto, Canada, and studied at the University of Toronto Opera School with Mary Morrison, where she was awarded the Yaremko Award and David and Marcia Beach Award during her studies.
"[HERMAN'S] GREAT VOCAL FLEXIBILITY AND DISTINCTIVE TIMBRE ARE ENCHANTING."
Die deutsche Bühne