ABOUT

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 currently based in Germany, where she relocated to join the Oper Frankfurt Young Artist Program. She then became a house soloist at Staatstheater Kassel, where she has performed over 20 roles, including important debuts as Suzuki / Madama Butterfly, Bradamante / Alcina, Erste Norn / Die Götterdämmerung, Floßhilde / Das Rheingold & Die Götterdämmerung, Grimgerde / Die Walküre, Hänsel / Hänsel und Gretel, Brigitta / Die tote Stadt, Cherubino / Le nozze di Figaro, and Dritte Dame / Die Zauberflöte. In addition to Bradamante, Marta's repertoire in Kassel has also featured other leading roles in a series of rarely performed baroque operas under the baton of baroque specialist Jörg Halubek: Emone / Antigona (T. Traetta, 1772), Tierra / Los Elementos (A. de Literes, 1718), and Alto Solo / B.A.C.H (staged Bach cantatas).

Marta's Wagner debuts in the new Kassel Ring cycle directed by Markus Dietz 2018-2020 garnered much attention. She has since made her debut at the Oper Leipzig as Grimgerde / Die Walküre in 19/20, and returns to Leipzig for more Wagner in 20/21 and 21/22. 2022 will also see Marta's debut at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl in Die Walküre, in the new Ring cycle directed by Brigitte Fassbaender, conducted by Erik Nielsen. Other recent operatic engagements include the Dutch National Opera for Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias, the Landestheater Salzburg as Linetta / Il mondo della luna (Haydn), and returns to Oper Frankfurt as Zweite Dame / Die Zauberflöte, Third Nymph / Rusalka, and multiple roles in Martinů's Julietta.

The music of the 20th and 21st centuries has an important place in Marta's repertoire; she has performed contemporary works at renowned venues, including the Darmstadt International New Music Festival, the Tonhalle Zürich, the tonArt Festival Esslingen, and with Stuttgart's celebrated ExVoCo Ensemble, as well as having created leading roles in the world premieres of operas for the Toronto Luminato Festival and Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. In Canada, 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 Composers Collective, with a wide range of contemporary repertoire including many Canadian and 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.

Marta is the recipient of the Staatstheater Kassel Fördergesellschaft Prize 2019, which recognizes outstanding artistic achievement by a young artist, as well as awards the Da Ponte Foundation, 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 Western Ontario with Torin Chiles and 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.

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"[HERMAN'S] GREAT VOCAL FLEXIBILITY AND DISTINCTIVE TIMBRE ARE ENCHANTING."

 

Die deutsche Bühne