Andrew Martens, bass
Andrew Martens, bass, is a versatile performer, equally comfortable on both the operatic and concert stages. Highlights of his career include being a part of Francesca Zambello’s highly acclaimed production of The Nose by Shostakovich for the Bard Summerscape festival and a return engagement to sing the role of Balthasar in the U.S. premier of Schumann’s Genoveva, another critically acclaimed production directed by Kaspar Bech Holten. Mr. Martens made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Ramphis in Aïda and Alvaro in Verdi’s Alzira both with New York Grand Opera. He then returned to Carnegie Hall to sing the role of the Soothsayer with the American Composers Orchestra in the highly anticipated return of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra. He has also had a long association with the Hudson Opera Theater and has sung numerous roles including the roles of the villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Méphistophêlès in Faust, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Colline in La Bohème, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Angelotti in Tosca, Cascada in The Merry Widow and Gremin in Eugene Onegin as well as the bass solos in the Mozart, Brahms, and Verdi Requiems. Seiji Ozawa selected him to play Swallow in Peter Grimes at its 50th Anniversary Celebration of Peter Grimes at Tanglewood.