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Martin Hässler


German bass-baritone Martin Hässler is an alumnus of the Leipzig Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s prestigious opera programme, where he studied with Rudolf Piernay and Janice Chapman, and was a two year recipient of the Guildhall Artist Fellowship. He won second prize at Thomas Quasthoff’s Das Lied – International Song Competition, first prize at Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin (junior) and Best Singer’s Award at the Gerald Moore Competition London.

In 2016 he made his debut at Garsington Opera as Captain in Eugene Onegin followed by Lliam Paterson’s The 8th Door at Scottish Opera and Hans Rotman’s Spiel im Sand at Oper Halle and Oper Magdeburg. Opera appearances at the Guildhall School in 2014/15 included notably Hans Werner Henze’s Ein Landarzt and Phaedra. He was a prize winner at Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg and sang Collatinus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia with the company and following this appeared as Siegfried in Schumann’s Genoveva at Tonhalle Düsseldorf.

Recent opera engagements include Ravel’s L’heure Espagnole (Don Inigo) at Opéra National de Lyon, Verdi’s Nabucco (High priest of Bel – alongside Leo Nucci) in Lyon and at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Opéra de Vichy, Marius Felix Lange’s Schneewittchen (Zwerg Adi) at Oper Leipzig and his debut in the role of Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte at Nevill Holt Opera.

As a recitalist Martin has sung at the Berlin Philharmonie, Deutsche Oper Berlin accompanied by Philip Moll, Schloss Herten (Klavierfestival Ruhr) with Graham Johnson, at the Oxford Lieder Festival with Sholto Kynoch and Bengt Forsberg, at LSO St. Luke’s, The Lyrical Salon in Weimar with Daniel Heide and at the Vienna Musikverein. He took part in the BBC’s Schubert Festival accompanied by Graham Johnson. Other recent highlights include his debut at the Wigmore Hall, recitals in Paris (Fondation Singer-Polignac), Amsterdam and Schubert’s Winterreise at Milton Court in London.

Concert appearances include St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi at the Duomo di Milano, and the Auditorium di Milano, as well as Haydn’s The Creation and Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (under Howard Arman), Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elias and Paulus. Further performances include his debut at the Gewandhaus Leipzig with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Handel’s Jephtha at Tonhalle Zürich.

Martin begins his 2019-20 season by opening the LIFE Victoria Lied Festival in Barcelona with a recital alongside pianist Julius Drake, celebrating the theme of ‘Women in Lied’. On the opera stage Martin returns to Opéra de Lyon to sing Ratzekahl Irrelohe, Oper Leipzig for performances as Monterone Rigoletto, and will make his operatic debut in Italy, singing the role of Alaska Joe in Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with Teatro Regio di Parma and in Reggio Emilia. On the concert platform he joins the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi to sing Mahler Rückert Lieder, appears at the Frauenkirche Dresden for Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Ludwig Güttler, and performs a recital alongside Christina Gansch as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival 2019, accompanied by pianist and festival Director, Sholto Kynoch.

Last updated: Sep 2019