The soprano, Martina Welschenbach, was born in Stuttgart, Germany. She studied music at the Stuttgart Conservatory, at the Guildhall School of Music, and at the Royal College of Music in London. Whilst still studying, she gave guest performances in minor roles at Staatstheater Stuttgart and at the National Theater in Zagreb. She has won grants from the Konstantin and Kid Lambert foundation and from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

In 2005, she joined the International Opera Studio at the opera house in Zürich. Within a few weeks, she was engaged as a member of the ensemble at the opera house. By the season of 2008/09, Welschenbach changed to the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she has performed in roles such as Musetta/La Bohème, Gretel/Hansel and Gretel, Oscar/Un ballo in maschera, Ännchen/Der Freischütz, and Echo/Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as Clorinda/La Cenerentola, Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina/Don Giovanni, Micaëla/Carmen, Pamina/Die Zauberflöte, Woglinde/Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, Karolka/Jenufa, Solveig/Peer Gynt, Liu/Turandot, and Vixen/Cunning Little Vixen.

Throughout her career, Martina Welschenbach has worked with such renowned conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedosejev , Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Cornelius Meister, Ingo Metzmacher, Carlo Rizzi, Donald Runnicles, Nello Santi, Peter Schneider, Franz Welser-Möst, Jonathan Nott, Sir Simon Rattle and stage directors Claus Michael Gruber, Jens-Daniel Herzog, Martin Kuschej, Carlo Lievi, Christof Loy, Giancarlo del Monaco, and David Pountney.
In the season 2012/13, she made her debut as Freia in Wagner's Das Rheingold and Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, successfully breaking ground in German repertoire.

Guest engagements and concerts led her to Vienna, Paris, Lucerne, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Eutin, Leipzig, and Gera. Highlights include her acclaimed debut at the Opéra National de Paris as Regina in Mathis der Maler under Christoph Eschenbach, the role of Thekla/Wallenstein with the ORF under Cornelius Meister at the Vienna Konzerthaus, her role debut as Fiordilig/Così fan tutte in a concert version under Marcus Bosch, the role debut of Tatjana/Eugene Onegin in several concertante performances with the Norddeutsche Philharmonie, as well as her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Claude Debussy's La Damoiselle élue under the baton of Donald Runnicles.

From season 2015/16 on, Martina Welschenbach works freelance, but remains an acclaimed guest singer at Deutsche Oper Berlin, her roles including Mimì/La Bohème, Europa/Die Liebe der Danae, Irene in Wagner's Rienzi, Freia/Das Rheingold, Helmwige/Die Walküre, Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte, Gretel/Hansel and Gretel as well as Senta/ Der fliegende Holländer, a role which she performed in Nantes-Angers and  Rennes too. Important role debuts given were the title role in the new production of Lulu at Wuppertaler Bühnen, Marschallin/Der Rosenkavalier as well as Leonore/ Fidelio at the Theater Bonn in the 19/20 season.

In the current season 20/21 she will portray again one of her favorite roles, Senta/Der Fliegende Holländer, which she recently has performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin * as well as at the opera houses in Nantes / Angers and Rennes in France. Consequently with Senta/Der Fliegende Holländer she will make her debut in Finland at the Tampere Opera beside bass Mika Kares and under the direction of Anja Bihlmaier. In spring, she will sing in the revival of Jan Dvořák's musical theater revue “Phantome der Oper” at the Nationaltheater Mannheim before returning to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Senta and Irene/ Rienzi.

*cancelled due to Covid 19 pandemic


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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen
Britten Ceremony of Carols
Fauré Requiem
Grieg Peer Gynt / Solveig
Mahler Symphony no. 4
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Coronation Mass
  Exultate Jubilate
  Vespere solennes de Confessore
Orff Carmina Burana
Suter Le Laudi oli.25

Repertoire Opera

Berg Lulu Lulu
Berlioz Les Troyens Hécube
Bizet Carmen Micaëla
Britten Peter Grimes Niece
Hindemith Mathis der Maler Regina
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Gretel
  Königskinder Innkeeper's daughter
Janacek Jenufa Karolka
  The Cunning Little Vixen Vixen
Mozart Così fan tutte Fiordiligi
  Die Zauberflöte 1st Lady
  Don Giovanni Donna Anna
  La finta giardiniera Ramiro
  Le nozze di Figaro Contessa
Puccini La Bohème Mimi
  Turandot Liù
Rossini La Cenerentola Clorinda
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos Echo
  Die Liebe der Danae Europa
  Elektra 5th Maid
  Intermezzo Anna
Tchaikovski Eugene Onegin (Concert) Tatjana
Verdi Don Carlo Tebaldo
  Nabucco Anna
  Rigoletto La contessa di Ceprano
  Un ballo in maschera Oscar
Wagner Das Rheingold Freia
  Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg Eva
  Die Walküre Ortlinde
  Götterdämmerung Woglinde
  Parsifal 1st Esquire
  Rienzi Irene
  Tannhäuser Shepherd
Weber Der Freischütz Ännchen
Weinberger Wallenstein Thekla
Zandonai Francesca da Rimini Samaritana


400 years of opera on a single evening! "Phantome der Oper" in Mannheim
How does one show 400 years of history in one evening? Jan Dvořák's opera revue "Phantome der Oper – kein Musical" (not a musical!), directed by Philipp Stölzl, opens on February 29 at Nationaltheater Mannheim, including Martina Welschenbach performing the soprano part(s). Further performances with Martina Welschenbach on March 6 and 31.
Read more about this remarkable project on: 
Furthermore we would like to point out Martina Welschenbach’s remaining performances as Leonore in „Fidelio“ at Theater Bonn: March 14/27/29
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