Martin Hässler (winner of second prize at Thomas Quasthoff’s Das Lied – International Song Competition in 2011, Best Singer in the Gerald Moore Competition in London) is an alumnus of the Leipzig University of Music and Theatre and the renowned opera programme of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (with Rudolf Piernay). Numerous master classes (including Thomas Hampson, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau) took him to the Heidelberg Lied Academy and to Edith Wiens’ International Meistersinger Academy. In the past season, Martin Hässler made his début at Opéra de Lyon as Don Inigo in Ravel’s »L'heure Espagnole«, under the direction of Daniele Rustioni in Verdi's »Nabucco« at the Auditorium-Orchestre National de Lyon, and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, in Lange’s »Schneewittchen« at Leipzig Opera, and as Guglielmo in Mozart's »Così fan tutte« (Nevill Holt Opera, The Sage Gateshead). Future engagements include Ratzekahl in Schreker’s »Irrelohe« (Opéra de Lyon), Monterone in »Rigoletto« (Leipzig Opera), Alaskawolfjoe in Weill's »Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny« (Teatro Regio di Parma), Mahler's »Rückertlieder« (L'Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi), and Lieder recitals with Julius Drake (LIFE Victoria Barcelona), Sholto Kynoch (Oxford Lieder) and Alexander Schmalcz. Starting in September 2020, Martin Hässler will be a member of the ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper. In 2016, Martin Hässler made his UK début in »Eugene Onegin« (Garsington Opera), followed by Lliam Paterson’s »The 8th Door« (Scottish Opera) and Rotman's »Spiel im Sand« (Halle Opera). A production of Henze's »Ein Landarzt« at the Barbican Centre attracted considerable attention. A prize-winner of Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, in 2009 Hässler sang Collatinus (Britten’s »Rape of Lucretia«) and in the same year performed Siegfried in Schumann's »Genoveva« (Tonhalle Düsseldorf). A very varied concert repertoire (including Bach's Passions, Mendelssohn's »Elijah« and St Paul, Brahms' Requiem) see him travelling regularly throughout Europe. In December 2012, he made his début at the Gewandhaus Leipzig with Bach's »Christmas Oratorio«, in 2016 he first appeared with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich (Handel’s »Jephtha«) and in 2019 with L'Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi performing Bach's »St Matthew Passion«. Lieder recitals to date have taken him to Wigmore Hall (London), Deutsche Oper Berlin (with Philip Moll), Philharmonie Berlin, Schloss Herten (Klavier-Festival Ruhr) with Graham Johnson, the Fondation Singer-Polignac Paris, the Lyrische Salon with Daniel Heide, Leeds Lieder, the Oxford Lieder Festival with Bengt Forsberg and Sholto Kynoch, to LSO St Luke's London, with Britten’s »Canticles« to Snape Maltings and to the Vienna Musikverein.