Soprano Martha Guth brings consummate musicianship, interpretive intelligence and a distinctive tonal palette to a wide range of musical styles and periods. A persuasive actress, she just enjoyed a big success as Frau Fluth in the Boston Midsummer Opera production of Nicolai’s rarely-staged The Merry Wives of Windsor. Past operatic forays include Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro(Countess) and Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) at Opera Lyra Ottawa; the same composer’s Die Zauberflöte (Pamina) and Die Entführung aus dem Serail(Konstanze) in Göggingen, Germany; the title role of Händel’s Alcina in Lucca, Italy; Lauretta in Bizet’s Dr. Miracle and Norina in Don Pasquale with the Santa Fe Opera (the latter on tour as a past apprentice of the company), and Alyce in Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied at New York’s Chelsea Opera.
A much-sought-after concert soloist, her engagements include Beethoven’sMissa solemnis with Helmuth Rilling and the Bachakademie Stuttgart, the Brahms Requiem with John Nelson in Grand Rapids, Haydn’s Die Schöpfungwith the New Mexico Symphony, Händel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the Hamilton Philharmonic, Berlioz’ Les nuits d’été with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Mozart Arias with Germany’s Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie, and Strauss and Mozart selections with the Toronto Symphony. She has also been guest soloist with Seiji Ozawa and Robert Spano at Tanglewood, as well as with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic. Other works in her active repertoire include Orff’s Carmina Burana (Florida Orchestra, Mobile and Lima Symphonies), Mahler’s Second, Fourth and Eighth Symphonies, and the BachPassions, B Minor Mass and Cantatas. Recent and upcoming performances include Britten's Sea Symphony (Durham, North Carolina), Messiahs in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Providence and Lexington, Kentucky, Mahler #2 with the Evansville Philharmonic, two recitals with pianist Graham Johnson (Leeds, U.K.), and an all-Britten recital with Malcolm Martineau in New York City, where she also curates the Casement Fund Song Series.
A model collaborator, Ms. Guth has earned special distinction for her passionate devotion to recital and chamber repertoire, earning First Prize at the 2007 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London. She has been welcomed at Wigmore Hall with pianist Graham Johnson, New York’s Liederkranz Foundation with Dalton Baldwin, and MusicFest Vancouver with Erika Switzer. In addition, she and Ms. Switzer co-host an online magazineSparks and Wiry Cries (http://www.sparksandwirycries.com) featuring live and recorded performances and discussions with singers, pianists and composers.
Martha Guth was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds an undergraduate degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a Master’s from the Cincinnati College/Conservatory of Music, and a post-graduate degree from the Hochschule für Musik in Augsburg/Nürnberg where she studied with Edith Wiens.