Martin Snell

bass

Biography

Martin Snell was born and educated in New Zealand and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He has been a resident artist with Theater St.Gallen, Theater Basel and Luzerner Theater. Since 2005 he has worked as a freelance artist based in Switzerland. Guest appearances have led him to Teatro alla Scala, L’Opéra National de Paris, Osternfestspiele und Pfingstfestspiele Baden-Baden, Oper Graz, Bangkok Opera, New Zealand Opera, Greek National Opera, Megaron Athens Concert Hall, State Opera of Prague, L’Opéra National du Rhin, Theater an der Wien, Opera St.Moritz, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Staatsoper Berlin, Opéra de Monte Carlo, Festival Aix-en-Provence a.o. His repertoire comprises such roles as Gremin, Surin in Queen of Spades, Kaspar and Kuno in Die Freischütz, Klingsor, Daland, Landgraf in Tannhäuser, title role of Gianni Schicchi, Baron Ochs and Notar in Der Rosenkavalier, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito, Sarastro, Timur, Crespel, Kecal, Dikoj in Katya Kabanova, Carlo in Bellini’s Bianca e Fernando, Montolino in Bellini’s La Straniera, Foka in Tchaikovsky’s Charodeika, Ariodate in Händel’s Xerxes, Don Pedro in Berlioz’ Béatrice et Bénédict, Lorenz von Pommersfelden in Mathis der Maler and The King of Heaven in Somtow Sucharitkul’s The Silent Prince. At the Bayreuth Festspiele he was engaged from 2005-2013 performing Reinmar von Zweter, Hermann Ortel, Steuermann, covering Fasolt, Fafner, Hunding, Daland, Klingsor and singing König Marke and Pogner in “Wagner für Kinder” productions. Martin Snell’s concert performances have included Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiem, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Die Jahreszeiten, Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle, Weber’s Die drei Pintos, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Händel’s Jephtha and Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Pater Profundus in Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Stravinsky’s Les Noces and most recently, the world premiere of Anthony Ritchie’s World War I commemorative work Gallipoli to the Somme, a.o.