Martene Grimson (photo: Tina Foster)Martene Grimson (soprano) graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before moving to London where she completed her studies at the Royal College of Music’s Benjamin Britten Opera School and at the National Opera Studio. She was supported by the Royal Opera House, Countess of Munster Musical Scholarship and the Madeline Finden Memorial Award.  in 2006 she was awarded second prize in the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. More recently she was one of the finalists in the Operalia Placido Domingo competition and has given recitals at the Aldeburgh Festival, Wigmore Hall, Royal Opera House (in the Lindbury Studio and Crush Room), St John’s Smith Square, Fairfield Hall and the Harrogate Festival.

Concert engagements include Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich; a Strauss tour of the UK for Raymond Gubbay; Haydn with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Frans Bruggen; Gretel Hansel and Gretel with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Charles Hazelwood; and Brahms Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall under Sir David Willcocks.  Most recently she has sung Howard Goodall’s Requiem Eternal Light touring with the Rambert Dance Company, Pulcinella (Stravinsky) with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Thierry Fischer, and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall under Brian Kay.

Her operatic roles include Susanna Le nozze di Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera and Opera East; Ilia Idomeneo for Pinchgut Opera in Sydney; Glauce Medea for Nationale Reisopera; First Witch Dido and Aeneas for Opera North; Dorinda Orlando with Independent Opera at the Wigmore Hall; Mrs Gleaton Floyd’s Susannah and Laurette  Bizet’s  Le Docteur Miracle for Wexford Festival. Martene has sung regularly with the Classical Opera Company at the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican: roles include Hyacinthus Apollo and Hyacinthus, Aminta Il re pastore, Lucio Cinna Lucio Silla and Sesto La clemenza di Tito (Gluck).

Future performances include a recital at the Leeds Lieder Festival with Simon Lane and a concert of Handel cantatas for the Classical Opera Company at Kings Place, London.

For more information about Martene, visit her website.

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