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Martina Langenbucher (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: Germany

The German mezzo-soprano, Martina Langenbucher, studied from autumn 1993 at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart. She gained her Master's degree with honours. She studied with Professor Luisa Bosabalian, Professor Julia Hamari and later with Professor Dunja Vejzovic. Then she also attended the opera school in Stuttgart, where she finished in March 2002 with a diploma and award. Her graduate thesis was a production of a piece composed for her by Christopher Brandt / Frankfurt, for voice, trombone and tape. In 1997, she won scholarship of the Richard Wagner Association and in 2003 was finalist at the International Competition for Wagner Singers. She also attended master-classes with Gundula Janowitz and Anna Reynolds, among others.

At the Wilhelma Theater Stuttgart Martina Langenbucher e took part in 8 productions, including as Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Agathe in Freischütz, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Lila Nachbarin in Die Wundersame Schustersfrau and as Elisabetta in Don Carlos (Excerpts). Outside Stuttgart she sang in 1997, 2nd Lady in Mozart's Zauberflöte in Veyvey / Switzerland, Orlowsky in Fledermaus on a tour with the Tübinger Kammeroper. In 1999 she appeared at the Staatstheater Mainz as Frau von Recklitz in Rufen Sie Herrn Plim, and toured through Germany with Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona with the conductor Wilhelm Keitel.

Martina Langenbucher's activity includes also concert appearances with sacred and secular literature, several times already with the Reutlinger Philharmoniker, such as Zemlinsky's Psalmen at the Beethoven Saal der Liederhalle, Stuttgart. At the Kreuzkirche in Nürnberg she was recorded live by the Bayrischen Rundfunk with the pieces Schnittke - Requiem and Sub Cruce by Werner Jacob.

Martina Langenbucher often gives concerts with the European Festival Orchestra conducted by Wilhelm Keitel, including in Bad Erl (Coronation Mass, and Midsummer Night's Dream) and Ludwigsburg (Venetian Mass). In 2004 she sang with him the 2nd Lady as part of a Zauberflöte tour. In the same year she was engaged by the SWR for a new recording of the radio drama Mozart's Reise nach Prag ("Mozart's Journey to Prague"). In the 2004-2005 season she could be heard as Roßweise in Walküre at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden. In January 2005, she appeared as Hata in Verkaufte Braut at the Wilhelma Theater Stuttgart.

Since October 2005, Martina Langenbucher sings in the opera choir of the Staatstheater Stuttgart. In 2008 she sang in the choir of the Bayreuther Festspiele. In the summer of 2010 she was at a master- class with Christa Ludwig. After this she was invited by Christa Ludwig to come to Vienna, where she taught her privately. She won a prize from the Academia Vocalis for the best student 2010.

Source: Wilhelma-Theater Website (2006), English translation by Aryeh Oron (April 2009); The Artist (December 2010)
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Aryeh Oron (April 2009)

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