Martha Guth, soprano
My whole life I have been drawn to storytelling. I am not sure that I am wise or good at anything else, but I know I can sing with nuance, passion, and honesty, and program a damn fine concert. I have spent the bulk of 20 years in performance working on concert repertoire and as an advocate for art song. I love that art song is layered in rich metaphor. I love that it is a marriage of singer and pianist; composer and poet; story and rumination. It is precisely this duality that makes song work. Song takes the solitary pursuit of poetry and reflects it back for the wider world. If you are here because you wish more of this in your life, on your stage, from your music, then you are in the right place.
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What I’m up to:
Soprano Martha Guth has performed recitals at Wigmore Hall and Leeds Lieder Festival with Graham Johnson at the piano, the Vancouver International Song Institute and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival with Erika Switzer, Lincoln Center with Bradley Moore, the Liederkranz with Pianist Dalton Baldwin, and an all Britten recital with Pianist Malcolm Martineau for Five Boroughs Music Festival. Her recitals have been recorded and broadcast for the CBC Radio/Radio Canada, the BBC Radio in the U.K and the WDR in Germany. Her operatic performances include the Santa Fe Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, the Grazer Oper, in Austria, Opera Lyra in Ottawa, Canada. Other performances include St. John’s Smith Square in London, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Voices of Ascension in NYC, The National Cathedral, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Aldeburgh Connection in Toronto, and both Claveçin en Concert and the André Turp society in Montreal. She is proud to have worked under the batons of Maestro’s Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, Helmut Rilling, John Nelson and Richard Bradshaw, and Alan Gilbert among many others.
Her discography includes a solo disc of Schubert songs with Penelope Crawford playing her original Graf forte piano, 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, songs of Andrew Staniland with baritone Tyler Duncan pianist Erika Switzer in Go by Contraries released on Centre Discs, The Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes for Sparks & Co., and the first Five Boroughs Song Book for GVR records.
With friend and frequent collaborator, pianist Erika Switzer, she is the Co-Director of Sparks & Wiry Cries, a global platform dedicated to art song spanning publication, live performance, and commission of new works. Sparks is the force behind the popular regional songSLAM’s that are presented in partnership with other small art song orgs. and presents its own songSLAM Festival weekend every January in NYC. Martha lives and works in Ithaca, NY where she is Assistant Professor of Voice at Ithaca College. She is on faculty at Songfest in L.A. and is a teacher and performer with many of the national training programs that celebrate song. Upcoming are performances with the Maryland Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, multiple recitals with Erika Switzer at the piano in NYC, and a recital tour with long time partner Graham Johnson at the piano, Fall of 2020.