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Born in Freiburg, Martin Gantner studied singing at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe and was awarded the first prize in the VDMK competition in Berlin. He performed in Das verratene Meer (The Betrayed Sea) by Hans Werner Henze at La Scala in Milan and Salomé at the Salzburg Festival and in Brussels. From 1993 to 2007, he was a member of the ensemble at the Bavarian State Opera and was appointed the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger in 2005.
He sang Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier) in Munich, Chicago, Paris, Amsterdam and Zurich, Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) in Florence and Turin, Telramund (Lohengrin) in Zurich and Stuttgart, Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) in Munich, in Bayreuth, and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and in San Francisco, Gunther (Götterdämmerung) in Toronto and in Dresden, Dr. Schön (Lulu) in Rome, Don Pizarro (Fidelio) in Zurich, the title-role in Hindemith's Cardillac in Florence.
In the season 2020/21 Martin Gantner was invited to Stuttgart for a scenic production of Mahler’s Lied von der Erde and as Musiklehrer in Strauss’ Ariadne. He also sang Telramund at the Staatsoper Berlin, Beckmesser in Bayreuth and Musiklehrer/Ariadne at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Important projects of the 2021/22 season were Fritz Kothner (Die Meistersinger) at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Telramund at the Staatsoper Berlin and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, at the Bolshoi in Moscow and at the Bayreuth Festival, as well as Kurwenal at the Zurich Opera House.
Future engagements include a new production of Parsifal in Geneva, Der Rosenkavalier in Amsterdam and also a revival of Das Lied von der Erde in Stuttgart. He also works for his debut as Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten).
Martin Gantner is also regularly performing within the concert field, in a various repertoire including Ein deutsches Requiem, Matthäus-Passion, and Zemlinsky's Lyrische Symphonie.
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