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biography - MARTA UBIETA (soprano)

Born in Bilbao, she finished her voice and piano studies in the Bilbao Conservatorio with the highest marks and obtained the End-of-Studies Award in Voice. She started her career at the well-renowned Sociedad Coral de Bilbao, and received lessons with sopranos Anabe Hernández in Spain, Mary Downing in France, and tenor Gianni Mastino in Italy. She continues perfecting her technique with Anabe Hernández, and has also received master lesson from prestigious singers such as Lynn Dawson, Nancy Argenta, Ana Luisa Chova, Isabel Penagos, etc.

marta ubietaIn the field of Oratorio, she made her debut with Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, and has also sung Bach’s Magnificat; Fauré’s Requiem; Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Gloria en Re; Vivaldi’s Magnificat; Haydn’s Nelsonmesse and Stabat Mater; Orff’s Carmina Burana; or Rossini’s Petite Messe Sollennelle. More recently she performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony; Carmina Burana at the Eclats de voix Festival in Auch (France); Mozart’s Coronation Mass at the Santander International Festival (Spain); and Bruckner’s Te Deum with Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez. In March 2008, she sang Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (BOS), conducted by Juanjo Mena, and Orff’s Carmina Burana, again with the BOS and the Coral de Bilbao. She has also performed Dvorak’s Te Deum, conducted by Günter Neuhold, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony conducted by Yaron Traub. Recently Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the BOS and Euskadi Orchestra.

She has sung in some of the most important opera festivals in Spain, including ABAO in Bilbao; Real Theater in Madrid, Campoamor Theater in Oviedo; Calderón Theater in Valladolid; Maestranza Theater in Seville; Arriaga Theater in Bilbao; Grand Theater of the Lyceum in Barcelona; or Santander International Festival, with titles such as Rigoletto, La Traviata, Les Huguenots, Der Rosenkavalier, Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma, Zigor, Nabucco, Salomé, Jenufa, or Le Nozze di Figaro, also performing the role of Txiki in the opera Mendi-Mendiyan that would later be recorded for Naxos.

Winner of the Fundación la Caixa and Grand Theater of the Lyceum grants, she has performed protagonist/main roles in several operas at the St. Gallen Theater in Switzerland, such as Susana and Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro; Erste Zofe in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg; several parts in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges; Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale; or Marie in Lortzing’s Zar und Zimmermann. During the 2004–05 season, she was invited by this theater again to sing Zar und Zimmermann and Rossini’s La Cenerentola. In Spain she has performed the role of first Nymph in Dvôrak’s Rusalka; Pousette in Massenet’s Manon; the principessa in Respighi’s La Bella Dormente nel Bosco; Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; ein junger Hirt in Tannhäuser in Bilbao’s ABAO; Mary in Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang at the Maestranza of Seville; and Annina in La Traviata at the Campoamor in Oviedo.

During the last season she performed Aida in Bilbao; Iphigénie en Tauride in Oviedo’s Campoamor; Despina in Cosi fan tutte, again with ABAO (Jan. 2008) and conducted by Eduardo López Banzo; and Al Ayre Español and erste Zofe in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg in Seville’s Maestranza, conducted by Pedro Halffter. She has played Echo in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos with ABAO in Bilbao and performed in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Oviedo’s Campoamor; Verdi’s Rigoletto at Madrid’s Teatro Real; Donizetti‘s La Favorite in the Festival Palace in Santander; Il Barbiere di Siviglia in the Principal Theater of Palma de Mallorca; and Janacek’s Jenufa at the Teatro Real. She has played Ghita in Martin & Soler’s Una cosa rara in Valladolid’s Calderón, and lately sung in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea both in the Campoamor and the Arriaga. She is scheduled to perform Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore again at the Campoamor. Next season she will make her debut in the Perelada Festival and in the Quincena Festival in San Sebastián.

Next performances: Zarzuela “Luisa Fernanda” (Rol: Carolina), Monteverdi’s  “L’ncoronazione di Poppea” at the Calderon Theater of Valladolid, Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt” opera with A.B.A.O., Lied Concert in Bilbao’s Arriaga Theater and Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Britten’s “Spring Symphony” with BOS conducted by Günter Neuhold.

In the zarzuela gender, she has performed protagonist roles in titles such as Pondala’s La pícara molinera and played Katiuska-Olga in the production of Katiuska for the Arriaga. She has played Marieta in La Dogaresa both in Logroño and Barcelona; Raquel in El Huésped del Sevillano; Marina, in Marina, both in Barcelona and Bilbao; Ana Mari in El Caserío; Marola in La Tabernera del Puerto; or Ketty in Los Sobrinos del Capitán Grant in the Arriaga. More recently she has sung La Tabernera del Puerto and Katiuska in Valladolid, as well as La tabernera del puerto, El Cabo Primero, El último romántico, and La Montería in Murcia.

She has performed with internationally renowned conductors such as Mena, Halffter, Gómez Martínez, Reynolds, Kout, Neuhold, Abel, Spinosi, Reck, Renzetti, Allemandi, Guidarini, Rovaris, Rota, or Weiss, and worked with Art/Stage Directors such as Sagi, Joël, Severin, Pizzi, Mussbach, Kupfer, Znaniecki, Negrin. She has also shared the stage with singers such as Soile Isokoski, Anja Silja, Amanda Roocroft, Ainhoa Arteta, Aquiles Machado, Marcello Giordani, Topi Lehtipu, Kurt Rydl, Giacomo Prestia, Valeria Sposito, Ana María Sánchez, Marcelo Álvarez, Inva Mula, Ismael Jordi, or Juan Pons, among others.

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