Marta Knörr

mezzosoprano

Biografía

Marta Knörr
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Mezzo-soprano Marta Knörr, a versatile performer, at home in a wide range of musical genres and styles, works regularly as a soloist with various vocal and instrumental chamber groups. She completed her singing studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in San Sebastián, where she was unanimously voted the Graduation Honours Award. She was also a prize winner at the “Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition in Barcelona. Following this, she moved to Vienna to perfect her vocal technique with Susan Dennis and to work on operatic repertoire with Itsvan Cserjan.

She has sung a wide variety of solo roles in opera productions at the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Teatro de la Zarzuela, the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo and the Mozart Festival in La Coruña, to name but a few, ranging from Henry Purcell to Kurt Weill: La Traviata, Rigoletto, Dido y Eneas, El barbero de Sevilla, Lucia de Lammermoor, Salomé, La flauta mágica, Mefistofeles, Happy End. She has toured Spain singing the role of Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the Compañía Lírica Arte Ópera. In 2003 she gave the first performance in the leading role of César Camarero’s opera Horizonte Cuadrado, co-produced by the Central Theatre of Sevilla, the Alhambra Theatre in Granada and the Abadía theatre in Madrid. She also performed in the Biennale di Venezia under the baton of Luca Pfaff, in the production of Fragmento de Orfeo by Jesús Rueda and Un parque by Luis de Pablo. In 2013 she performed one of the main roles in the spanish premiere onf Krenek's chamber opera What price confidence at the Canal Theatre in Madrid. In 2014 she participates in the operetta Cendrillon by Pauline Viardot, in a production of the Juan March Foundation (Madrid), which has also been presented that same year in the Hualle lyrics of the Festival de Santander and in 2015 in Teatros del Canal (Madrid). Considered by the specialized critic as "the Spanish reference" for the Pierrot lunaire by Schoenberg (magazine 'Doce Notas', Jorge Fernández Guerra), she has interpreted this work with great critical success in the Botín Foundation of Santander, Teatros del Canal (Madrid) and Auditorium of Zaragoza.

As a distinguished concert and oratorio singer she has performed in Spain’s principal concert halls and festivals, under the baton of directors such as Juanjo Mena, Lorenzo Ramos, Grover Wilkins, Salvador Brotons, Pedro Halffter-Caro, Ros Marbà, José Ramón Encinar, Juan José Olives, Julien Guénebaut, García Navarro, Maximiano Valdés, Paolo Olmi and Luca Pfaff. She also performs with groups such as the Cuarteto Bretón, the Trío Arbós, Koan 2 Group, the Ensemble Banksia, the Enigma Group, Arcema Ensemble, the Madrid Baroque Orchestra, the Cavatina Vocal Quartet and with instrumentalists such as Dimitri Vassilakis, Francisco José Segovia, Karina Azizova, Duncan Gifford, Aurelio Viribay, Pablo Sáinz Villegas, René Mora and Marco Antonio Pérez. She has made several recordings for Radio Clásica and given recitals not only throughout Spain but also in Austria, Germany, Norway, France, Italy, Sweden, Mexico and Morocco. She recorded the soundtrack of the award-winning short film "El Reino de Víctor" by director Juan Manuel Bajo Ulloa.

A great fan of contemporary music, she has premiered works by Benet Casablancas, Agustín Charles, David del Puerto, César Camarero, Hermes Luaces, Jorge Fernández Guerra, Eva Lopszyc, Eduardo Morales-Caso, Juan Manuel Ruiz, Mª Luisa Ozaita, Dolores Serrano, Diana Pérez Custodio, María José Arenas, Bernardino Cerrato, Rafael Castro and María Escribano. Among her recordings, two in particular stand out, centred on 20th century Spanish art songs and accompanied by the pianist Aurelio Viribay: Canciones del Grupo de Madrid, edited by the Comunidad de Madrid, and Spanish female composers of the 20th century, on the Columna Música label. At the same recording company she has recorded an album of works by Guastavino and Castelnuovo-Tedesco along with the Cavatina Vocal Quartet. The Italian label Stradivarius has brought out the first recording of the Retablo sobre textos de Paul Klee by Benet Casablancas. With the 'Trio Arbós' she also recorded a monographic CD of works by composer Alejandro Román for the Naxos label.