Martha Guth


Juno-nominated soprano Martha Guth’s recital and concert highlights include Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, The National Cathedral (Washington D.C.), St. John Smith Square, Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Santa Fe Opera, Grazer Oper, The Chicago Philharmonic, Voices of Ascension, and many more.  Her longtime recital and touring partners include Graham Johnson and Erika Switzer.  

Her recitals have been recorded and broadcast for the CBC Radio/Radio Canada, BBC Radio 2, and the WDR in Germany and she is proud to have worked under the batons of Maestro’s Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Helmut Rilling, John Nelson, Richard Bradshaw, and Alan Gilbert among many others.

Her discography includes Summer Night, a Juno-nominated disc of songs by Healy Willan on Centrediscs for The Canadian Art Song Project with Allyson McHardy, Helen Becqué and Peter Barrett; Das Ewig Weibliche a solo disc of Schubert songs with Penelope Crawford on fortepiano; Roberto Sierra’s Beyond the Silence of Sorrow with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico for Naxos (nominated for a 2016 Latin GRAMMY); John Fitz-Roger’s Magna Mysteria for the Innova label; Go by Contraries, songs of Andrew Staniland with Baritone Tyler Duncan and Pianist Erika Switzer released on Centre Discs, The Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes for Sparks & Co., and The Five Boroughs Song Book for GVR records.

With Erika Switzer, she is Co-Founder/Director of Sparks & Wiry Cries, a non-profit dedicated to art song spanning publication, live performance, and commission of new works. Sparks is the force behind popular regional songSLAM’s that are presented in partnership with other song organizations and Universities all over the world from Slovenia to the U.K., Canada, and every region of the US, and presents its own sparksLIVE productions every January in NYC including last years’ partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC to produce the world premiere of the evening-length song cycle Songs in Flight composed by Shawn Okpebholo with performers Rhiannon Giddens, Karen Slack, Will Liverman, Reggie Mobley, and Howard Watkins.

Forthcoming performances include a recital tour with Graham Johnson, the world premiere of Roberto Sierra’s “Canciones de Amor” with Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, Mozart Requiem in Mobile, Handel's Messiah in Binghamton, and the Bach Magnificat at the George Kent Performance Hall in Rhode Island. Martha is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Ithaca College, and newly named Co-Artistic Director at SongFest where she also teaches and leads their Composer/Mentorship program. She has presented lectures, masterclasses, and recitals at the University of Toronto, Indiana University, Notre Dame, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and many more.

Updated 28/09/2023

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