Canadian coloratura mezzo-soprano Martina Myskohlid received her degree from the University of Toronto and recently graduated with honours from Yale University, earning her Master of Music degree. Upon graduation, she received the David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize, which is awarded annually to an exceptional singer from the Yale School of Music. Martina has also participated in Opera NUOVA’s training programme in Edmonton, Alberta, and Wendy Nielsen’s Vocal Techniques Workshop in St Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick.
Recently, Martina sang roles such as Paula in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas at Yale Opera, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Toronto Lyrical Opera Centre and Elmire in Mechem’s Tartuffe at Opera NUOVA. In 2021, Martina received the Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition.
Joining Dutch National Opera Studio from season 2023/2024, Martina says: “This coming year, I am incredibly looking forward to making my debut in Amsterdam as Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte. I love Mozart and all the specific nuances needed to sing his music. I therefore cannot wait to be part of this production, in Simon McBurney’s intriguing direction.”
“My first encounter with Dutch National Opera was in 2018, when on a trip to Amsterdam I already fell in love with the exterior of the opera house. That the stage is also fantastic, I only discovered at my audition in March! Ever since the company first came to my attention, I heard amazing stories about the incredible productions that premiered at Dutch National Opera, and that go on to tour other opera houses around the world. Being a member of the Studio could offer the chance to one day be part of such a world premiere myself, which for me would feel like making history. I’m very happy that the next step in my career is taking place in Amsterdam; I couldn't have imagined it being anywhere else!”
Last update: 29 July 2023