Aurora Marthens is a young Finnish soprano who has acquired a great renown in the musical scene of Finland since she won the prestigious Timo Mustakallio Singing Competition in 2017, as part of the Savonlinna Opera Festival. Critics’ reviews stated that: “Marthens is a vocal phenomenon. […] Her high register resounded in a diaphanous way” (Helsingin Sanomat, 18.7.2017). Regarding a recital at Tampere Hall, the critic said: “A brilliant vocal cannon […] Marthens’ powerful voice will take her straight to Wagner” (Aamulehti, 19.10.2017).
In relation to her concert at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, in July 2018, it was said: “The unusual type of voice of Marthens allows her to sing a repertoire with traditionally few performers in Finland” (Itä-Savo, 20.7. 2018). “In Marthens’ voice there is a lot of strength and depth – the most delicate moments reach the whole audience. Her voice resonates very well in the quietest moments and the singer masters a very good vibrato, and her expressiveness is full of nuances” (Itä-Savo, 21.7.2018).
With respect to a concert with the Military Band of the Presidential Palace, the critic points out that “Marthens is a lyrical soprano and in her voice we note a very rare freshness. She has, in addition, a notable dramatic capacity in her voice” (HBL 1.2.2018). And with regard to the presentation of Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the critic expressed that “Aurora Marthens put the finishing touch to all the play with her fresh and naturally sonorous soprano voice” (HBL, 9.6.2018).
Marthens premiered in Finland the chamber opera Rita, by Gaetano Donizetti. She played the roles of Pamina (The Magic Flute), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Alexander’s Theater, Helsinki) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), by Mozart; Taumännchen (Hänsel und Gretel, Sibelius Academy), by Engelbert Humperdinck, and the Red Fairy (Punainen haltija, Prinsessa Adalmina, Theater Productions), by Marko Autio.
In his repertoire there are numerous opera arias by Monteverdi, Rameau, Pergolesi, Gluck, Händel, Mozart, von Weber, Donizetti, Bellini, Gounod, Charpentier, Massenet, Nicolai and Bernstein, as well as complete sacred works by Vivaldi, Bach, Pergolesi. Mozart, Rossini, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Kyllönen and Långbacka. Aurora Marthens has interpreted a wide repertoire of vocal works and lieder by Monteverdi, Händel, Schubert, Clara Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Grieg, Debussy, Wolff, R. Strauss, Ibert, Sibelius, Walton, Copland and Weill, as well as others Finnish composers such as O. Merikanto, Kuula, Melartin, Kilpinen, Kyllönen, Huhtala, Niemi and Gustavson.
Aurora Marthens has performed in different cities in Finland, in Berlin, New York, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Tarto. He has performed as a soloist with the Turku Philarmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, the Savonlinna Orchestra and the Guards Band of the Presidential Palace, among others, under the baton of directors such as Ville Matvejeff, Klaus Mäkelä, Andres Kaljuste, Jani Telaranta, Hanna Lehtonen, Kari Kropsu, Pasi Hyökki and Sauli Huhtala.