Martha Kasten, MM

Timothy Filliman

Martha Kasten, mezzo-soprano, has been featured in oratorio and opera performances throughout the United States. Kasten's opera credits include work with Chamber Opera of Chicago,  Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of  St. Louis, and Florida Grand Opera and the Pine Mountain Music Festival. At Opera/Omaha, Kasten created the role of Gerty in the American premiere of  “Golem” by noted composer John Casken.  She was cited for her vivid performance as Dona Casimira in the zarzuela “El Barbero de Sevilla” by Gimenez, staged at  Amarillo Opera.

Kasten's oratorio work includes Handel's “Messiah,” performed at the Mormon Tabernacle under the direction of Paul Hillier, Beethoven's “Missa Solemnis” with the Champaign-Urbana Symphony under the direction of Don V. Moses, and the Chicago premiere of Jonathan Stahlke's “The Confession Stone,” as well as Mendelssohn's “Elijah” at Concordia University Chicago. Kasten has appeared with the Harper Symphony Orchestra performing Wagner's “Wesendonck Lieder” and Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony.

Kasten frequently performs as a founding member of the vocal quartet Salon.