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Martina Prins* Soprano

Dutch soprano Martina Prins studied singing at the Dutch National Opera Academy in The Hague with Alexander Oliver, Maria Acda-Maas and Diane Forlano. Martina visited masterclasses of Gemma Visser, Rita Cullis and Prof. Dennis Heath. In 2003 she won the Stipend of the Bayreuther Festspiele and she was awarded with a scholarship for foreign studies, presented by the renowned Threes Orri Foundation, part of the Prins Bernard Cultural Foundation.

The first role Martina performed still during her studies was Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in 2001 conducted by Kenneth Montgomery in The Hague, and Lady Billows in Albert Herring led by Paul McCreesh. This was followed by Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro at the IT’s Festival Amsterdam directed by Robert Carson, and some modern  parts, the Moglie dell’Orco in Henze’s Pollicino by the Nederlandse Reisopera in 2002 and the part of Zuidenwind in Bart Visman’s De Roep van de Kinkhoorn in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in 2003. In the autumn of 2004 the latter was released on CD together with the book of the same title by Paul Biegel.

In the past seasons Martina received great reviews for the role of Judith in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra in De Doelen Rotterdam. She also had great success as First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Mahler’s Second symphony with conductor Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and her first Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. An important part of Martina’s repertoire forms the works by Richard Wagner. She sang the Wesendoncklieder and Walküre sister Gerhilde in different concert halls. A great personal success was booked when she performed Sieglinde in a half staged performance of the first act of Die Walküre led by Jac van Steen, 2011. Also Isolde’s Liebestod performed on the Rotterdam Opera Days was received very positively.

Recently Martina Prins performed the role of Ortlinde in the Walküre production of the Dutch National Opera under Hartmut Haenchen and a cover role of Isolde at the Tiroler Festspiele. She did as well the roles of Mutter and Knusperhexe in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel at Rosenheim in Munich, under direction of Philipp Harnoncourt. During a tour on the Rhine (Germany/Netherlands) she sung Freia in Das Rheingold. Furthermore she performed the role of Judith in Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle with the Noord Nederlands Orchestra, Mahler’s Third Symphony with Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Hans Kox’ Anne Frank Cantata with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, etc. Recently she performed Verdi and Wagner with the Brandenburgische Staatsorchester Frankfurt and toured with the production Dr. Miracle’s Last Illusion by the Dutch company Opera2Day. In 2017/18 she will tour in the Netherlands and Belgium with Opera2Day’s new production of Ambroise Thomas’s “grand opéra” Hamlet.

February 2019

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