The Spanish-Argentinean mezzo soprano Marisa Martins began her studies in Buenos Aires where she was born, and continued in the Superior Conservatory in Barcelona.
The core of her repertoire lies in Monteverdi (Ottavia, Proserpina, Minerva), Mozart (Dorabella, Annio, Zerlina, Idamante, Tamiri) and Rossini (Zaida, Doralice, Roggiero), roles that she has sung in Liceu theatre in Barcelona, La Zarzuela and Teatro Real in Madrid, Theâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Mozart Festival in La Coruña and the Salzburger Festspiele, among others.
Especially interested in the relationship between voice and movement, she has worked in productions that combine music and modern dance in the theatres of Basel and Luzern, Hebbel-Theater in Berlin, The Opera of Cologne, Brooklyn Academy of Music of New York, Early Music Festival in Innsbruck and for The Fish-house in San Francisco.
As a recitalist she feels a predilection for the French and Spanish repertory and has given world premiers by Montsalvatge, Frederic Mompou, Enric Palomar, David Padrós, Josep M. Quadreny and Jordi Rossinyol.
Among her recordings are the „Madrigali guerrieri ed amorosi“ by Monteverdi for Harmonia Mundi under the direction of René Jacobs; for Lauda Música “El gran Burlador” (Diapason d’or: “Grandes Voix Humaines. Henry Jacqueton”); “Frederic Mompou” – Warner Music- with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia orchestra and, for Columna Música, „Frederic Mompou –Combat del somni“, “Requiem” by Xavier Benguerel (Cd Compact 2007 award), „Montsalvatge Integral de canto (Vol I)“ and the Grammy nominee opera „El gato con botas“ with the orchestra of the Liceu Theatre.