(Dutchess County, New York)
2018–19 Season: Countess Adelaide Waldner in Arabella
Mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2015 as Cassandre in Les Troyens, and she returned to the Company in 2017 to sing Klytemnestra in Elektra (a role debut). The Merola Opera Program alumna’s career highlights include Gertrud (Hänsel und Gretel), Marilyn Klinghoffer (John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer), Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle), Kundry (Parsifal), and the Second Norn (Götterdämmerung) at the Metropolitan Opera; Herodias (Salome) with the Santa Fe Opera; Gertrud with Munich’s Bavarian State Opera; Ortrud (Lohengrin) with the Vienna State Opera and in Graz; Kostelnicka Buryja (Jenůfa) in Zurich; Judith, Kostelnicka Buryja, and Marilyn Klinghoffer with English National Opera; and Amme (Die Frau ohne Schatten) with Lyric Opera of Chicago and in Graz. Later this season, she appears as Klytemnestra at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and she returns to the Met for Dialogues des Carmélites.