© Simon Pauly
© Simon Pauly

Martin Muehle

– World management –

Brazilian tenor Martin Muehle is in demand worldwide as a performer specializing in the dramatic Italian repertoire.


Highlights of the 2022/23 season included Calaf in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Turandot at the Dutch National Opera conducted by Lorenzo Viotti, Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Calaf at the Teatro Real Madrid. He also sang the title role in Andrea Chenier at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Don José (Carmen) at the Stuttgart State Opera. As part of the 2023 Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, he will perform Webber’s Requiem at the Elphliharmonie.


In the 2023/24 season, his roles will include Calaf at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Roberto in Le Villi at the Teatro Regio Torino. At the Deutsche Oper Berlin he will sing Cavaradossi (Tosca), Calaf (Turandot) and Hermann (Pique Dame).


In 2021/22 Martin Muehle made his debut as Verdi’s Otello in a new production at the Hanover State Opera. This was followed by a new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin in Leipzig, Pollione (Norma) and Cavaradossi (Tosca) in Stuttgart, Don José (Carmen) at the Cologne Opera and Radames (Aida) at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland.


In the 2020/21 season he appeared as Luigi in Giacomo Puccini’s Il tabarro at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Already in spring 2021 he gave his house debut at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur. In the role of Chevalier Renato des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, he gave his debut at Oper Frankfurt in the fall of 2020.


Martin Muehle returned to Cologne Opera at the beginning of the 2019-20 season (Don José). This was followed by his debut at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona as Turiddu in Mascagni’s Cavelleria rusticana and Canio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, conducted by Henrik Nánási. He returned to Deutsche Oper Berlin in the title role of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, a role he also performed in previous seasons at Teatro Comunale di Modena, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Reggio di Emilia, Teatro di Piacenza and the National Theater in Prague.  Many planned projects, for example his house debut at the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Calaf), a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame (Hermann) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Don José at the Bolshoi Theater Moscow or Canio at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.


In previous seasons, he sang Don José in Bizet’s Carmen at the Hamburg State Opera and at the Bolshoi Theater, where Tugan Sokhiev was the musical director. He made his U.S. and house debut at Seattle Opera as Manrico in Verdi’s Il trovatore and returned to Cologne Opera as Calaf in Turandot, a role he also sang at Deutsche Oper Berlin. He also appeared again at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Canio under the baton of Daniel Oren and made his debut at the Arena di Verona in the roles of Don José and Radames in Verdi’s Aida.


Further highlights include his role and house debut as Maurizio in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur alongside Angela Gheorgiu at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, his role debut as Manrico in a new production of Il trovatore in Bern, and his role debut in the title role of Wagner’s Lohengrin in a new production by Vincent Boussard at the Theater St. Gallen. He also sang Don José at the National Theater Prague, in Bern, at the Bregenz Festival in 2017 and 2018, at the Opera Graz, at the National Theater Mannheim, at the Theater St. Gallen and in Buenos Aires.


Martin Muehle was a member of the ensemble at the Nationaltheater Mannheim between 2013 and 2015 where he performed roles such as Hagenbach in Catalani’s La Wally, Faust in Berlioz’ La damnation de Faust, Gabriele Adorno in Verdi’s Simone Boccanegra, Calaf in Turandot, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, the title role in a new production of Verdi’s Stiffelio, Fritz in Schreker’s Der ferne Klang as well as the title role in Wagner’s Lohengrin.


Other past engagements include Andrea Chénier at Teatro Petruzelli in Bari, Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in São Paolo, Faust in Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele and Arrigo in Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani at Theater Freiburg, Pollione in Bellini’s Norma at Theater St. Gallen, Luigi in Puccini’s Il tabarro at the Theater Bielefeld, Radames in Aida at the Oper im Steinbruch, Siegmund in Wagner’s Die Walküre at the Theater Detmold and Calaf at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona. In South America, Martin Muehle made a name for himself with roles such as Turiddu in Brasilia and Siegmund in Die Walküre in La Plata and at the Theatro Municipal in São Paulo, where he also sang Alfonso in Korngold’s Violanta and Guido in Zemlinsky’s Eine florentinische Tragödie.


He performed as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester and Rundfunkchor Berlin under the baton of Simon Halsey in the Berlin Philharmonie and in the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig with the MDR-Sinfonieorchester. Under the direction of Dan Ettinger he sang Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in Mannheim. He also collaborated with the Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Zagreb and sang Gounod’s Cecilia Mass at the Theatro Municipal in São Paulo, as well as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Porto Alegre Cathedral and the Palácio das Artes in Belo Horizonte.

In the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, with the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Fabrice Bollon, he can be heard in the role of Paolo il Bello.


Martin Muehle was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and studied at the Conservatory of Music in Lübeck.

August 2023 – For the most recent biography, please contact Luis Aliaga