"...with her powerful expressive voice the evening was a unique listening experience!"
Tageszeitung, 19 May 2018
Martina Bortolotti was born in Alto Adige. After studying ‘Languages’ she began her musical studies at the Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi" in Milan and obtained the Academic Diplomas in Opera Singing and in Vocal Chamber Music with full marks. As a scholarship winner, she entered the Teatro alla Scala Academy in Milan and at the "Hochschule für Musik" in Munich. She attended masterclasses with Teresa Berganza, Raina Kabaiwanska, Sara Mingardo, Helmut Deutsch, Erik Battaglia, Rene ’Clemencic, Gustav Kuhn and Brigitte Fassbaender. Martina Bortolotti won the "Neue Puccini Stimmen" Competition in Vienna and Innsbruck along with other international awards.
Throughout her career she has played multiple roles in the field of Opera and Operetta. Her versatile vocality allows her to range from the roles of the early Baroque music like Poppea in Incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi, Belinda in Dido und Aeneas by Purcell to the huge variety of Mozart’s roles in Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte. Furthermore she has performed in the role of Marzelline in Fidelio by Beethoven and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel by Humperdinck.
Regarding the field of operetta, she sang the main roles in Lustige Witwe by Lehár, Fledermaus by Strauss as well as Die Csárdásfürstin by Kálmán. Returning to the Italian repertoire, she performed also the roles of the heroines Adina and Norina in Donizetti’s operas, then she played in La Bohème, Turandot and Gianni Schicchi by Puccini as well as in I Lombardi, Falstaff, Otello, La Traviata by Verdi, Nedda in I Pagliacci by Leoncavallo, Micaela in Bizet's Carmen and the Wagnerian characters of Freia in Rheingold, Gerhilde in Walküre and Woglinde in Götterdämmerung at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl.
Her performances around the world brought her to sing in all the best theatres as Teatro alla Scala, Teatro dal Verme in Milan, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Münchener Hofresidenz, Teatro Lirico in Cagliari and Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice. He sang under the baton of great conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Giovanni Antonini, Donato Renzetti, Gustav Kuhn, Stefano Montanari, Niksa Bareza, Ekkehard Klemm, Gustav Kuhn, Carlo Boccadoro and under the direction of Franco Zeffirelli, Giorgio Strehler, Rosetta Cucchi, Leo Muscato, Pier Francesco Maestrini, Damiano Michieletto and Bepi Morassi. He also plays roles in the contemporary repertoire such as Kristin in Julie by Boesmanns at the Municipal Theater in Bolzano, Laura in the world premiere of Der Misogyne at the Stadttheater Wolfsburg, Lessingtheater Wolfenbüttel by H. Wilhelm Plate and performed Le Lagrime di Geremia by Carlo Galante at the MITO Festival in Milan.
Alongside his operatic career she lends her voice to works of sacred, symphonic and chamber music. She was a guest in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the EXPO 2015 at the Basilica "Santa Maria delle Grazie" in Milan, at the Cairo Opera, at the Teatro della Fortuna, at the Teatro Comunale in Vicenza, at the Teatro Grande in Brescia and at the Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan. She performed in recital including the Steinway Series in Washington DC, Moscow, Beijing and at the Teatro del SODRE in Montevideo (Uruguay).
She has recorded for the Bayerische Rundfunk, Radio Rai 3 Suite and NAXOS. In 2018 she participates in the film "Un Amore Cosi Grande" where she sang Antonio Vivaldi's arias.
Recent commitments have led her to sing Gretel, Violetta, Mimi and Rosalinde in the Opera Festival on Ice at the Royal Opera House in Muscat together with Markus Werba and the Prague Philharmonia under the direction of Dario Salvi and at the Bulgaria Hall in Sofia where she also recorded for NAXOS Die Blindekuh by J. Strauss. Among her other engagements there are concerts with the Camerata Wroclaw and at the Altmark Festspiele with Günther Sanin and Reinhard Seehafer and participation in the opera Italiana in Algeri by Rossini in the role of Elvira at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice in the new production of Bepi Morassi under the direction of Maestro Giancarlo Andretta.
Coming soon will be the performances in the role of Clomiri in Händel's Imeneo at the Waltherhaus in Bolzano, she will perform in Milan in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and she will participate in Braunfels' Die Vögel Opera at the Tiroler Festspiele under the direction of Lothar Zagrosek.
La vedova allegra
Così fan tutte
Beethoven Fidelio - Marzelline
Bizet Carmen - Micaela
Boesmans Julie - Kristin
Donizetti Don Pasquale - Norina
Donizetti Elisir d'Amore - Adina
Galuppi Il Filosofo di Campagna - Eugenia
Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel - Gretel, Sandmann, Taumann
Leoncavallo I Pagliacci - Nedda
Mascagni L’Amico Fritz - Suzel
Massenet Manon - Manon
Mozart Cosi Fan Tutte - Fiordiligi
Mozart Die Zauberflöte - Pamina, Papagena
Mozart Don Giovanni - Zerlina, Donna Elvira, Donna Anna
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro - Susanna, Contessa
Pergolesi Serva Padrona - Serpina
Plate Der Misogyne - Laura
Puccini Bohème - Mimi, Musetta
Puccini Gianni Schicchi - Lauretta
Puccini La Rondine - MagdaPuccini Turandot - Liu’
Puccini Madama Butterfly - Cio Cio San
Purcell Dido and Aeneas - Belinda
Rossini L’Italiana in Algeri - Elvira
Strauss Arabella - Zdenka
Strauss Elektra - 5.Magd, 4.Magd
Verdi Falstaff - Alice
Verdi I Lombardi alla prima Crociata - Giselda
Verdi La Traviata - Violetta
Verdi Otello - Desdemona
Verdi Rigoletto - Gilda
Wagner Das Rheingold - Freia, Woglind
Wagner Götterdämmerung - Woglinde
Wagner Die Walküre - Gerhilde, Helmwige
Respighi La Bella dormente - Elfe
Respighi La Campana sommersa - Usignolo
Wolf-Ferrari I Quattro Rusteghi - Marina
Braunfels Die Vögel - Zaunschlüpfer
Händel Imeneo - Clomiri, Rosmene
Händel Giulio Cesare - Cleopatra
Monteverdi L’Incoronazione di Poppea - Poppea
Bernstein West Side Story - Maria
Kalman Die Csardasfürstin - Sylva Varescu, Stasi
Lehar Lustige Witwe - Hanna Glawari, Valencienne
A.L. Webber Phantom of the Opera - Christine
Millöcker Der Bettelstudent - Laura, Bronislava
Srauss Die Fledermaus - Adele, Rosalinde
Strauss Blindekuh - Waldine
Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem
Mozart - Requiem
Beethoven - Neunte Symphony
Fauré - Requiem
Boccherini - Stabat Mater
Pergolesi - Stabat Mater
Rossini - Petite Messe Solennelle
Rossini - Stabat Mater
Galante - Le Lagrime di Geremia
Bach - Weihnachtsoratorium
Mozart - Vesperae solennes de confessore
Händel - Neun deutsche Arien
Schubert - Salve Regina