Martha J. Hart
Known for her stylistic interpretation of music spanning the Baroque to contemporary, mezzo-soprano Martha J. Hart has sung to critical acclaim throughout North America and France. Highly regarded for her performances of oratorio, art song and chamber music, Martha has sung with the symphony orchestras of Montreal, Atlanta, Lansing, Phoenix, Grand Rapids, Omaha and St. Louis, the Florida Orchestra, the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. The clarity of her voice and connection with the audience has made her especially sought after for performances of the major works of J. S. Bach, while the warmth and richness are equally adept for the works of Verdi and Mahler. Conductors with whom Ms. Hart has worked include Helmuth Rilling, Simon Preston, Craig Jessop, and the late Robert Shaw. With Mr. Shaw Ms. Hart performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mozart’s Requiem, Berlioz’ L’enfance du Christ, and Copland’s In the Beginning. She recorded solos of the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and is a featured soloist on Schubert Songs for Male Chorus with the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, both on the Telarc label. Other recordings include music of Charles Ives with the St. Olaf Choir, Linn Records, and a solo CD with pianist J.J. Penna titled Summer Journey: Songs of Darius Milhaud, available at marthajhart.com. In March of 2005, she made her solo debut performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall singing the Duruflé Requiem.
Ms. Hart is known for her imaginative recital programs combining poetry reading and art song around a central theme. As one critic writes: “The program was charming, touching, and engaging, both in content and presentation.” A versatile singer, Martha was part of the ensemble Three for the Road, a trio dedicated to the performance of American popular music from the 1930s and‘40s.
In addition to her performance credits, Martha is a respected vocal pedagogue and is invited to present master classes at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Following appointments on the faculties of Graceland University, The Ohio State University and the Bay View Music Festival, Martha is currently Associate Professor of Head of the Voice Area at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.
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