2018–19 Season: Countess Adelaide Waldner, Arabella
2019–20 Season: Gertrud, Hansel and Gretel
Mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens, “a passionate and sympathetic vocal actress,” made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2015 as Cassandre in Les Troyens, and returned in 2017 as Klytemnestra in Elektra and 2018 as Countess Adelaide Waldner in Arabella. The San Francisco Opera Center, Merola Opera Program alumna’s career highlights include Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel, Marilyn Klinghoffer in The Death of Klinghoffer, Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle, Kundry in Parsifal, and the Second Norn in Götterdämmerung at the Metropolitan Opera; Herodias in Salome at the Santa Fe Opera; Gertrud with Munich’s Bavarian State Opera; Ortrud in Lohengrin in Vienna and Graz; Kostelnicka Buryja in Jenůfa in a debut at the Operhaus Zürich; Judith, Kostelnicka Buryja and Marilyn Klinghoffer at English National Opera; and as die Amme in Die Frau ohne Schatten in a last-minute premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago, a role she repeated at Oper Graz in a new production by Marci Marelli.
Her many credits include performances at Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s New Japan Philharmonic, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Pittsburgh Opera and Houston Grand Opera. Her extensive concert work includes performances with the St. Louis Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Spoleto Festival USA. This season she sings Klytemnestra at Lyric Opera of Chicago and returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Dialogues des Carmelites.