Martin Snell

Martin Snell

Basso Cantante

"Noblesse verströmt Martin Snell als Landgraf mit feiner, bis in die prekären Höhen und Tiefen seiner Partie klangschön geführter Bass-Stimme". --- Albrecht Schmidt, Allgemeine Zeitung, Rhein Main Presse, 24.04.2017
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2019Wagner: Die WalküreWotan
2016Haydn: Die SchöpfungRaphael/Adam
2015Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierEin Notar
2015Bellini: La stranieraIl signore di Montolino
2015Puccini: Madama ButterflyZio Bonzo
2015Puccini: Madama ButterflyLo zio bonzo
2014Verdi: RequiemBass
2013Wagner R.: Das RheingoldFasolt
2013Wagner R.: Das RheingoldFafner (Cover)
2013Wagner: Die WalküreHunding
2013Wagner R.: Das RheingoldFasolt
2013Wagner R.: Das RheingoldFafner
2012Weber: Der FreischützKuno
2012Wagner R.: ParsifalKlingsor
2011Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierEin Notar
2010Wagner R.: TannhäuserReinmar von Zweter
2009Mozart: La Clemenza di TitoPublio
2009Wagner: Der fliegende HolländerDaland
2008Weber: Der FreischützKaspar
2008Wagner R.: TannhäuserHermann Landgraf von Thüringen
2008Wagner: Der fliegende HolländerDaland
2007Wagner R.: Die Meistersinger von NürnbergHermann Ortel
2006Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123, D majorBass
2005Wagner R.: Tristan und IsoldeEin Steuermann
2004Verdi: RigolettoIl Conte di Monterone
2004Verdi: RigolettoSparafucile
2003Janáček: Kát'a KabanováSavël Prokofjevic Dikój
2003Puccini: TurandotTimur
2002Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginPrince Gremin
2002Mozart: Die ZauberflöteSarastro


Martin Snell was born and educated in Dunedin, New Zealand. After law studies and professional qualification he entered the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England to commence postgraduate vocal studies with Patrick McGuigan in September 1991, graduating with distinction in 1994. He has received many awards and scholarships, including winning the 1993 Mobil Song Quest and a major scholarship from the Peter Moores Foundation, London.Martin Snell has been a resident artist with Theater St Gallen, Theater Basel, and Luzerner Theater. Since August 2005 he has worked as a freelance performer based in Lucerne, Switzerland and attained Swiss citizenship in 2010.Martin Snell's vocal repertoire comprises diverse works ranging from Monteverdi and Handel to Mozart and Rossini, Puccini and Strauss to Donizetti and Stravinsky, Verdi and Wagner, Janàcek and Smetana, Tchaikovsky and Offenbach. Future engagements include further concert and opera appearances in Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Latvia, and New Zealand.As both a concert and opera singer Martin Snell has performed widely throughout Europe as well as Asia, Australia, and his native New Zealand with conductors such as John Axelrod, Bertrand de Billy, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Colin Davis, Peter Eötvös, Lawrence Foster, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, David Parry, Sebastian Weigle, Peter Schneider, Thomas Hengelbrock, Howard Griffiths, Leo Hussain, Pietari Inkinen, Philippe Jordan, Morten Schuldt Jensen, Carlos Kalmar, Wolfgang Katchner, Axel Kober, Jiri Kout, Gustav Kuhn, Marko Letonja, Alexander Polianichko, Lan Shui, Jeffery Tate, Mikhail Tartarnikov, and Christian Thielemann, among many others.Notable opera engagements included his débuts as Kaspar (Der Freischütz) for Oper Graz, Daland (Der fliegende Holländer) for State Opera of Prague, Landgraf Hermann (Tannhäuser) for the Greek National Opera at the Megaron Concert Hall, Athens, the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi for Southern Opera (New Zealand), and Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin and the role of Ariodate in Xerxes for NBR New Zealand Opera, his début in Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Der alte Graumann (Der ferne Klang) for Opéra national du Rhin, Kuno (Der Freischütz), Lorenz von Pommersfelden (Mathis der Maler), Don Pedro (Béatrice et Bénédict), and Foka (Charodeyka) at Theater an der Wien, The King of Heaven in Somtow Sucharitkul’s The Silent Prince and Daland (Der fliegende Holländer) with Bangkok Opera, Montolino in Christof Loy’s staging of Bellini’s La Straniera at Theater an der Wien, Brigitte Fassbaender’s production of Der Rosenkavalier in Baden-Baden with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Carlo in the first Swiss production of Bellini's Bianca e Fernando in St Moritz and Basel. Among Martin Snell’s significant concert performances are included Verdi Requiem in Bremen and Munich, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung in Basel, Bern and St Peter (Schwarzwald), his London concert début in Janàcek’s Glagolitic Mass as well as Kuno (Der Freischütz) with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Requiem in Basel and Milan, Schubert Mass Nr.6 and Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten in Madrid, Rossini Stabat Mater and Bellini A minor Mass in Basel, Weber’s Die Drei Pintos with the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra in Lisbon, Handel’s Messiah in Munich, New Zealand, Sydney and Switzerland, among many other engagements, including Tannhäuser with Marek Janowski and the Rundfunkorchester Berlin at the Berliner Philharmonie, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius in New Zealand, Handel’s Jephtha in Basel, and his début as Fasolt in semi-staged performances of Wagner’s Das Rheingold in Biel/Bienne.Other concert performance highlights include Hunding (Die Walküre) with Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin on tour in Spain, Pater Profundus in Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House and also at the New Zealand International Arts Festival with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Stravinsky’s Les Noces in Birmingham, directed by Graham Vick.  Further information, please refer to the Artist's website: www.kiwibasso.com.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Wagner: Die Walküre Wotan No Work in Progress 2019
Haydn: Die Schöpfung Raphael/Adam 1 Day KKL Luzern 2016
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier Ein Notar 1 Day Festspielhaus Baden-Baden 2015
Bellini: La straniera Il signore di Montolino 1 Day Theater An Der Wien 2015
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Zio Bonzo 1 Day New Zealand Opera (Auckland) 2015


MObil Song Quest
Peter moores foundation scholar