Michaela Martens makes her debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with Frank Welser-Möst to open the 2009–2010 season. She returns to English National Opera as Judith in Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and will make her debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival as the 2nd Norn in Götterdämmerung. She will also appear with Palm Beach Opera in performances of Symphony No. 9. Ms. Martens began the 2008 – 2009 season with a return as Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Metropolitan Opera, along with productions of La Damnation de Faust and Götterdämerung. She made her debut in the United Kingdom as Kostelnichka with English National Opera’s production of Jenufa.
In the 2006–2007 season, Ms. Martens sang the Verdi Requiem in a return to the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. She also made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Contessa in Andrea Chenier The First Emperor, Il Trittico, and Jenufa. The mezzo-soprano’s other recent engagements include Margerethe in Schumann’s opera, Genoveva, at Bard’s SummerScape Festival and the Queen in La bella dormente al bosco by Respighi at both the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. and New York’s Lincoln Center Festival. Ms. Martens also sang Verdi’s Requiem at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.