Manager: William G. Guerri
Management Territory: Worldwide
“Michaela Martens was the highlight of the performance, first as an authoritative figure, later a horribly shattered Küsterin. Vocally powerful, she pushes vocal boundaries and lives the vibrant music of Janáček with every fiber of her being.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung
"I believe it is fair to say that...Martens gave off more of an erotic persona. Martens’s [voice] is a melting mezzo (and she is also fine on her top notes.) Combining her charisma with the orchestra’s voluptuous tones, the result was a hotter overall performance." The Opera Critic
“…the most searing performance comes from Michaela Martens as Mrs. Klinghoffer. Her moving final aria gives a sense of what might have been had Adams chosen to write a more traditional opera.” WhatsOnStage.com
The Boston Globe hails Michaela Martens for her "dense, color-saturated voice" and declares: "She is a passionate and sympathetic vocal actress." Ms. Martens is fast becoming known for her portrayals of some of the most difficult dramatic mezzo-soprano roles in the repertoire. In the 2007-2008 season, she made a triumphant last minute debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as die Amme in Die Frau ohne Schatten, a role she repeated for the Oper Graz in a new production by the critically acclaimed director Marco Marelli. . . .
In the 2014-2015 season, Ms. Martens returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel, a role she reprises in her premiere with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. Additionally at the Met, performances include Marilyn Klinghoffer in a new production of The Death of Klinghoffer, and as Judith in Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. She will also be heard as Herodias in Salome with Santa Fe Opera.
Ms. Martens opened the 2013-14 season with her return to Oper Graz singing the role of Ortrud in Lohengrin, a role she later reprised at the Vienna State Opera. Ms. Martens also made a return to the Opernhaus Zürich as Kostelnicka in Jenůfa, a role in which she made her triumphant debut last season. Ms. Martens was also heard as Kundry in Parsifal and the 2nd Norn in Götterdämmerung at the Metropolitan Opera in the 2012-13 season.