Martin Gantner

Martin Gantner was born in Freiburg. He began studying voice at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe with Prof. Kern and subsequently was awarded the first prize in the VDMK competition in Berlin. He made his debut in in Koblenz as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.

From 1993 until 2006/2007 Martin Gantner was a member of the ensemble at the Bavarian State Opera and was appointed the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger in 2005. He had guest contracts at the State Opera Dresden. Performed at the Opernhaus Zurich, Vienna State Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, Metropolitan Opera New York, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Maestranza de Sevilla as well as in Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto and Tokyo. He sang at the Bayreuth Festival, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

He has worked with conductors including Zubin Mehta, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christian Thielemann, Christoph von Dohnányi, Jeffrey Tate, Bertrand de Billy, Michael Boder, Semyon Bychkov, Philippe Auguin, and such directors as Herbert Wernicke, Jürgen Flimm, Günter Krämer, Barrie Kosky, Calixto Bieito and many others.

Martin Gantner debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre as Friedrich of Telramund in Lohengrin, 2022.


1st prize at the VDMK singing competition

1988, Berlin

Bayerischer Kammersänger 


Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) — Bayreuth Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opernhaus Zurich

Kurwenal (Tristan and Isolda) — Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opernhaus Zurich

Friedrich of Telramund (Lohengrin) — Opernhaus Zurich, Stuttgart Opera, Staatsoper Berlin

Heerrufer (Lohengrin) — Los Angeles Opera

Wolfram (Tannhäuser) — Bayerische Staatsoper

Gunther (Götterdämmerung) — Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Semperoper Dresden

Amfortas (Parsifal) — Bayerische Staatsoper

Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier) — Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cologne Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Opernhaus Zurich, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam

Jochanaan (Salome) — Salzburg Festival, Canadian Opera Company in Toronto

Don Pizarro (Fidelio) — Vienna State Opera, Opernhaus Zurich, Theater an der Wien

Rodrigo (Don Carlo) — Bayerische Staatsoper

Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) — Theater Basel, Bayerische Staatsoper

Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) — Bayerische Staatsoper

Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) — Theater Koblenz, Bayerische Staatsoper

Albert (Werther) — Vienna State Opera

Prince Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades) — Bayerische Staatsoper

Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) — Bayerische Staatsoper опера, Opernhaus Zurich, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) — Semperoper Dresden

Musiklehrer (Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos) — Stuttgart Opera, Edinburgh Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper

Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos) — Bayerische Staatsoper

Dr. Schön (Berg’s Lulu) — Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Cardillac (Hindemith’s Cardillac) — Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Gyges (Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules) — Teatro Maestranza de Sevilla

Kaiser (Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis) — Teatro Maestranza de Sevilla

Diktator (Krenek’s Diktator) — Teatro Maestranza de Sevilla

Martin Gantner is also regularly performing within the concert field. His repertoire includes Carmina Burana, Ein deutsches Requiem, Matthäus-Passion, Elias, Paulus and Zemlinsky’s Lyrische Symphonie. He also made recordings of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the RAI Rome and a TV broadcast of Haydn’s Paukenmesse with Zubin Mehta. He has sung Britten’s War Requiem under Mstislaw Rostropowitsch with huge success, which was captured on TV- and CD-recordings.

Salome by Richard Strauss

conductor Christoph von Dohnányi, Decca, CD

Faust-Szenen by Schumann

conductor Jeffrey Tate, Naxos, CD

Così fan tutte by Mozart

Guglielmo, conductor Bertrand de Billy, Arte Nova Classics, CD

Die lustigen Nibelungen by Oscar Strauss

Gunther, Capriccio, CD

Lohengrin by Wagner

Stutgart Opera, Bel Air Classiques, DVD

Lohengrin by Wagner

Staatsoper Berlin, EuroArts, DVD,

Best of Bayerische Staatsoper, 1997-2005

Lied an den Abendstern from Tannhäuser, CD

General partner of the Bolshoi Theatre — insurance company «Ingosstrakh»
Privileged sponsor of the Bolshoi Theatre — Tinkoff Bank
Privileged partner of the Bolshoi Theatre — GUM