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Martin Gantner
Baritone

Season 20/21 Artist
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Martin Gantner was born in Fribourg and made his debut in Coblenz in the role of Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro). Soon thereafter, he was chosen by Götz Friedrich to perform in the world premiere production of Hans Werner Henze’s Das Verratene Meer. He has been a member of the troupe of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich since 1993 and was named a Kammersänger there in 2005. His repertoire of roles there include Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Silvio (Pagliacci), Ping (Turandot), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Ottokar (Der Freischütz), Marcello (La Bohème), Eletski (The Queen of Spades), Mr. Redburn (Billy Budd), and Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette). He makes regular guest appearances at many of the great international opera venues. He has appeared as Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Telramund (Lohengrin) in Zurich, Jochanaan (Salomé) in Saint Gallen and Toronto, the Speaker (Die Zauberflöte) at the Salzburg Festival and the Paris Opera, Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier) at the Dresden Semperoper, the Zurich Opera, the Munich Festival, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Paris Opera, and in Amsterdam and Chicago; Pizarro (Fidelio) at the Theater an der Wien and the Zurich Opera; Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) in Antwerp, Florence and Turin; the Music Master (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Paris Opera, Beckmesser in San Francisco and at the Chicago Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera, and the 2019 Bayreuth Festival; Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) in Dresden; Gyges (Le Roi Candaule), Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Krenek’s Der Diktator at the Maestranza in Seville; Gunther (Götterdämmerung) in Toronto and Dresden; Dr Schön (Lulu) in Rome; Telramund (Lohengrin) in Stuttgart and at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper Unter den Linden; and Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. He also gave his first performance in the title role of Cardillac in Florence. Martin Gantner also performs in concert (Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Requiem, Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elias and Paulus, Mahler’s Leider eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, and Schumann Scenes from Goethe’s Faust).

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