Martina Serafin was born in Vienna into a family of musicians and studied at the Vienna Conservatory under Otto Edelman. She made her debut in operetta (Lehar, Strauss, Kalman) before tackling opera in Graz and Stuttgart, and soon made a name for herself on some of the world’s most famous stages. Today, she is one of the great performers of the title role of Tosca, which she has sung at the Rome Opera (with Gianluigi Gelmetti), in Florence (Zubin Mehta), at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Antonio Pappano), the Verona Arena (Marco Armiliato), Milan’s La Scala (Nicola Luisotti), the Baths of Caracalla (Renato Palumbo), the Paris Opera (Daniel Oren), and the Vienna Staatsoper (Paolo Carignani), as well as in Berlin, Barcelona, Melbourne, Beijing and Monte Carlo. Her career has been punctuated by many other roles including Manon Lescaut (Venice’s La Fenice, the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, the Hamburg Staatsoper), Maddalena in Andrea Chénier (Zurich, Vienna, Catania, Cagliari), Turandot (the Puccini Festival, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Verona Arena, Bari’s Teatro Petruzzelli, Genoa, Zurich, Bilbao, San Francisco, and New York’s Metropolitan Opera), Donna Elvira (the Vienna Staatsoper), the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro (Los Angeles), Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (Stuttgart), and Lisa in The Queen of Spades (Vienna, Barcelona, Bologna).
In 2013, she tackled the Verdi repertoire performing the role of Elisabeth in Don Carlo at Milan’s La Scala and then singing the Requiem in Monte Carlo. She then went on to appear as Abigaille in Nabucco at the Chorégies d’Orange, Barcelona, the Verona Arena and Milan’s La Scala and Lady Macbeth in Barcelona and Vienna. Martina Serafin is also a renowned performer of the German repertoire: Sieglinde in Die Walküre (New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Zurich Opera, the Paris Opera, Berlin, Amsterdam, Toulouse, Barcelona, and Tokyo), Elsa in Lohengrin (Palermo, Dresden, Stuttgart, Bologna, and the Paris Opera), Elisabeth in Tannhäuser (Rome, Amsterdam), Isolde in concert at the Ravello Festival, the Marschallin (New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Staatsoper, the San Francisco Opera, Toulouse, Munich and Amsterdam), Schumann’s Genoveva (Palermo), and Marie in Wozzeck (in Essen). She also performs in concert all over the world, with performances devoted to Schubert and Schumann, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and the Four Last Songs by Strauss.
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