Photo Kartal Karagedik
The 2019/20 season sees Martin du Theil return to La Scala, both in Milan as Oscar in Un ballo in maschera under the baton of Zubin Metha and on tour as Sandrina in La finta giardiniera when the company takes its much loved production to Shanghai, China. She subsequently reprises this role in concert in Switzerland with Lugano Musica under the baton of Diego Fasolis.
Franco-Swiss soprano Martin du Theil’s most recent performances include Sandrina in La finta giardiniera with La Scala, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera with Welsh National Opera under the baton of Carlo Rizzi, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos and Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Opéra de Lausanne and Despina at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Così fan tutte, under the baton of Donald Runnicles. She also sang the soprano solo in Mahler’s 4th symphony, conducted by Kimbo Ishii.
Julie Martin du Theil has been a member of the opera ensemble at Theater Magdeburg since 2010. Here she has built up a broad repertoire including Sandrina in La finta giardiniera, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Norina in Don Pasquale, Musetta in La Bohème, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina in Così fan tutte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anna Reich and Frau Fluth in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Gabrielle in La Vie Parisienne, Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Valencienne in Die lustige Witwe, Sophie in Werther, Laura in Der Bettelstudent, Annina in Eine Nacht in Venedig, Frasquita in Carmen, Ännchen in Der Freischütz, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Kristin in Boesmans’ Julie, Bemira in Telemann’s Miriways, Maria in West Side Story and Baroness Freimann in Der Wildschütz, a role which she also covered at the Semperoper Dresden.
In the 2015/2016 season she performed Fräulein Bürstner and Leni in the German premiere of Philip Glass’ The Trial at Theater Magdeburg, a co-production with Music Theatre Wales and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; she also premiered the role of Hagar in Sidney Corbett’s new opera Die Andere to great acclaim.
Julie Martin du Theil made her stage debut as Elena in Nino Rota’s Il Capello di paglia di Firenze in Geneva. Soon after she sang Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro in Moutier and Neuchâtel as well as Johanna in Alain Perroux’s French production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at the Geneva Opéra de Poche. In concert she sang the title role in La Suzanna by Stradella and in Arthur Honegger’s Le Roi David and toured Switzerland with Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium. She played the leading role Emilienne in the film Noces in 2009/2010, a production of the French filmmaker Philippe Béziat, inspired by Stravinsky’s Les Noces. She performed Papagena in Die Zauberflöte as well as La Princesse and La Chauve-Souris in L’Enfant et les sortilèges at Opéra de Lausanne in 2010.
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Julie Martin du Theil began her studies at the Lausanne Music Conservatory graduating with pedagogic and concert diplomas. She continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik and Theater in Munich, where she obtained a soloist diploma in 2010.