Biography

 
 


Martha studied at Durham University and with Janis Kelly at the Royal College of Music International Opera School.  Whilst at the RCM she was awarded the Susan Chilcott Scholarship by the Royal Philharmonic Society.  She was also supported in her studies by the Baroness de Turckheim award, an MBF award, the Marjorie and Dorothy Whyte Memorial Award, Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund and the Josephine Baker Trust.  


Recent roles include Lisetta “Il Mondo Della Luna” (“Life on the Moon” for English Touring Opera), Goffredo “Rinaldo” (Longborough Festival Opera) and Lady in Waiting/solo 2nd witch “Macbeth” (Scottish Opera).  Other work includes Nancy “Albert Herring” (ETO), Sandman “Hänsel und Gretel” (cover: Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Countess Ceprano/Paggio “Rigoletto” (Opéra-Théâtre Limoges) and Olga “Eugene Onegin” (Bury Court Opera).  Roles whilst at RCM include Zweite Dame in “Die Zauberflöte”, Cupid in “Orpheus in the Underworld” and Dorabella “Cosi Fan Tutte”.   


In 2014, Martha was selected to attend the Ravinia-Steans Music Institute in Chicago where she spent the summer as a Vocal Fellow. Martha is also a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Samling Artist.


A keen recitalist, Martha has sung in recital at the Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, the National Portrait Gallery and for the Ryedale Festival.   Works with orchestra include Mahler “Das Lied von der Erde” with the London Mahler Orchestra (cond. Daniel Capps), Mahler “Ruckert Lieder” (New English Ballet Theatre), Mahler “Lieder Eines Fahrendes Gesellen” (various), Mahler 2nd Symphony (various), selections from Henze’s “Stimmen” (Queen Elizabeth Hall) and Ligeti “Sippal, Dobbal, Nadihegeduvel” for voice and percussion (RCM).  Recordings include Marx “Italienisches Liederbuch” for RCM and Schubert’s “Romanze” with the BBC Philharmonic (cond. Paul Daniel) for BBC Radio 3.