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Martene Grimson


Martene Grimson studied at Sydney Conservatorium before moving to London to study at the Royal College of Music’s Benjamin Britten Opera School, and then at the National Opera Studio. She has received many awards including the Maggie Teyte & Miriam Licette Award, Australian Music Foundation Award, Tait Memorial Trust award, Wingate Scholarship, Countess of Munster Award and Madeline Finden Award. She has been a Samling Scholar and took part in L’Academie in the Aix en Provence Festival. She was also a finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia – The World Opera Competition.

Martene has worked with orchestras including Bayerischer Rundfunk, Orchester Wiener Akademie, Concerto Köln, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The London Mozart Players and the BBC Concert Orchestra. She has sung under conductors such as Thierry Fischer, Frans Bruggen, Ulf Schirmer, Sir David Wilcocks, Pierre Cao, Martin Haselböck, Ian Page, Brian Kay and Nicolas Cleobury. Martene has toured the UK with Raymond Gubbay’s Strauss Gala and the Rambert Dance Company singing Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light.

She recently performed at the Sydney Festival, joining Oscar-nominated actor John Malkovich and Martin Haselböck in The Giacomo Variations, a ‘chamber opera play’ about Casanova, and has now joined the cast on their other production, The Infernal Comedy. The productions are touring Austria, Germany, Russia, Cyprus, Georgia, Colombia, Peru, the USA and the UK in the current season. 

Other recent performances include; Aminta (Il Re Pastore) for the Classical Opera Company, Nannetta (Falstaff) for Mid Wales Opera and concerts with the Oxford Bach Choir, Waynflete Singers and Polski Chór Kameralny under Jan Lukaszewski. Previous operatic roles include, Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro); Zerlina (Don Giovanni); Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte); Ilia (Idomeneo); Cinna (Lucio Silla); Blanche (Les dialogues des Carmelites), Helena in Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream, Sophie in Massenet's Werther, Glauce (Medea); Melia (Apollo and Hyacinthus); Mrs Gleaton in Floydd’s (Susannah) and Laurette in Bizet’s (Le Docteur Miracle).

She has recorded Ilia (Idomeneo) for ABC Classics, 1st Trio member (Trouble in Tahiti) for BR Klassik, Israel in Egypt for Eloquentia and The A-Z of Mozart Opera for Sony BMG.
 

"I love teaching because I get to show the kids the impact and joy of music and I also love the look on their faces when they discover something brand new to them."