Born in Augsburg (Germany) 1962, Martin Kränzle dedicated himself to singing after having played the violine, composing and studying to be a music theatre director. The baritone studied voice with Martin Gründler at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt. After engagements in Dortmund and Hanover, he has been member of the Frankfurt Opera since 1998. Guest contracts led him to the Scala in Milan, to the Salzburger and Bregenzer Festspiele, to the Glyndebourne Festival, he did four productions at the San Francisco Opera, he sung in Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Geneve, Sofia, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Tbilisi
and Spoleto (Italy).
His wide repertoire encludes over 100 roles, such as all leading characters of Mozart (Giovanni, Papageno, Don Alfonso, Conte Almaviva) and Rossini (Figaro, Dandini), Eisenstein (The Bat) and Danilo (Merry Widow), Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Beckmesser (Meistersinger), Alberich (Rheingold),
Ford (Falstaff), Bolkonski (Prokofieff: War and Peace), Tomsky (Pique Dame), Billy Budd (Britten), Nietzsche (Rihm: Dionysos - First performance at Salzburg Festival) and Orphee (Offenbach) with the self-played Violinsolo.
He regularly gives concerts and song recitals (e.g. at the Schleswig-Holstein-Festival, Goethehaus Frankfurt, Spring Festival in Budapest, Expo 2000 Hanover) as well as oratorios (e.g. in Notre Dame Paris, Dom in Cologne, Dormition Abbey Jerusalem, Vilnius Festival). He received various prizes
at singing contests in Berlin, Vercelli (Viotti), Hanover, Perpignan, Paris (Placido Domingo), and since he got the Primo Grande Premio in Rio de Janeiro 1991 he holds visiting professorships at various Brazilian universities.
His chamber opera Der Wurm was awarded 3rd prize in the composition contest of the Neuköllner Opera, Berlin, in 1997. At the moment Oehms Classics has produced his first Solo-CD “Die Mitternacht zog näher schon” with Ballads from Loewe, Schumann, Schubert, Mahler, Wolf and Busoni.
He was annouced as “Singer of the Year” 2011 from the leading opera magazine Opernwelt. He was also awarded the “Kölner Opernpreis” 2012. At the moment he appears at Staatsoper Berlin and Teatro alla Scala Milano in Wagners Ring of the Nibelung as Alberich, conducted by Daniel Barenboim.