Marta Mathéu

soprano

The soprano Marta Mathéu was born in Tarragona (Catalonia), where she received comprehensive training at the municipal conservatory in piano, voice, and organ. She completed additional vocal studies with Ana Luisa Chova at the Joaquín Rodrigo Conservatory in Valencia; she additionally took master classes with such artists as the singers Montserrat Caballé, Elena Obraztsova, and Nelly Miricioiu and, in the field of lieder, with the pianists Roger Vignoles and Wolfram Rieger. Marta Mathéu successfully took part in various singing competitions, winning first prize at the Voces Juvenes Manuel Ausensi Competition in 2007 and the audience prize at the Concurso Montserrat Caballé and, in 2008, second prize, the Mozart Award, and the audience prize at the Concurso Internacional de Canto Francisco Viñas. Mathéu made her operatic debut in 2008 as Marcellina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Her repertoire includes other Mozart roles such as the Countess in Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, which she most recently sang under Fabio Biondi at the Mozart Festival in La Coruña, as well as roles in operas by Xavier Montsalvatge, Leoš Janáček, and Richard Wagner. In December 2015 she appeared at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as part of a memorial performance for Pablo Casals in his nativity play El Pessebre, which was directed by Josep Pons. Marta Mathéu is especially devoted to the Baroque repertoire, which she performs with such conductors as Jordi Savall, Sir Neville Marriner, Michel Corboz, and Ivor Bolton; in addition she has worked with Eiji Oue, Antoni Ros-Marbà, and Victor Pablo Pérez. In 2011 Marta Mathéu received the Culture Prize of the City of Tarragona.

February 2016