MARTINS SMAUKSTELIS TENOR

BIOGRAPHY

Martins Smaukstelis is a Latvian born tenor who completed his Master of Arts degree at the Royal Academy of Music with Neil Mackie and Jonathan Papp. He was awarded a full entrance scholarship, which was made possible by Leverhulme Trust Postgraduate Scholarship.

He had the opportunity to sing in public masterclasses with Dennis O’Neill at the Academy and Roger Vignoles at the Leeds Lieder Festival 2017.

Martins sang the role of the Distiller in Royal Academy Opera’s production of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera May Night and sang in the chorus for Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Handel's Ariodante.

Recently Martins performed the roles of Lucano, Soldier 1 and Littore for New Opera Singapore production of L’incoronazione di Poppea and will be returning in summer of 2021 to take on the role of Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress.

As a part of Royal Academy of Music Opera Scenes he performed various roles including Ferrando from Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Prunier from Puccini’s La Rondine and Nemorino from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.

Martins was an understudy for the role of Bergerac in Offenbach's Vert-Vert in Garsington Opera, as well as being in the chorus for Rossini’s Maometto II, Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail. He has also sung for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in their productions of Donizetti’s Poliuto, Bizet’s Carmen, Janacek’s Cunning little vixen and Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and for Wexford Festival Opera in their Cherubini’s Medea and Foroni’s Margherita.

Martins also has a busy concert life and is appearing in oratorio performances all around the UK. Past performances include Mozart’s Requiem at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Mozart’s Coronation mass with the Buckingham Choral Society.

Martins is also generously supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, Drake Calleja Trust and Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

EVENTS

The Rake's Progress by I. Stravinsky - Tom Rakewell

New Opera Singapore
July, 2021

J.Lūsēns song cycle Kā maigi dzelošs rožu krūms with women choir Sapnis and chamber orchestra

Latvian National Library, Ziedoņa zāle, Latvia
11th November, 2018

Medea L. Cherubini and Margherita by J. Foroni

Wexford Festival Opera, Ireland
19th October - 5th November, 2017

Recital with soprano Victoria Songwei Li

Esplanade Recital Studio, Singapore
14th August, 2017

L'incoronazione di Poppea by C. Monteverdi - Soldier 1, Lucano, Littoree

New Opera, Singapore
29th, 30th July, 2017

Solo recital, piano - Julia Sinani

Rudolf Steiner House, London
1st June, 2017

Royal Academy of Music Opera Scenes: Donizetti - Lelisir d'amore, Nemorino

23th April, 2017

Leeds Lieder Festival masterclass with Roger Vignoles

Rudolf Steiner House, London
9th, 10th March, 2017

Performance at the Latvian Embassy in London, piano - Ieva Caune

Latvian Embassy, London
9th February, 2017

Solo recital at Catthorpe Manor (Straumeni), piano - Julia Sinani

Catthorpe Manor, London
7th February, 2017

Celebration of Latvian National Day

Westminster Cathedral Hall, London
19th November, 2016

The Cunning Little Vixen by L. Janacek

Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
June, July, 2016

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg by R. Wagner

Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
May, June, 2016

Shakespeare 400 Anniversary gala concert with Glyndebourne chorus and London Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Festival Hall, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London
23th April, 2016

May night by N.Rimsky-Korsakov with Royal Academy Opera – Distiller

P3 University of Westminster 35-100 Marylebone Rd, London
8th, 11th March, 2016

Solo parts for W.A.Mozart Requiem and Coronation mass with Juliann Mann and Buckingham Choral Society

Buckingham Parish Church London
5th December, 2015

Solo parts for W.A.Mozart Requiem with Chris Walker

Benson Choral Society at Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire
28th November, 2015

Royal Academy of Music Vocal Faculty Opera Scenes: Puccini La Rondine Act I - Prunier

St. James's Church, Sussex Gardens, London
19th, 20th November, 2015

XI Latvijas skolu jaunatnes dziesmu un deju svetku pieminas koncerts (XI Latvian youth song and dance festival, memorial concert)

Riga, Latvia
6th July, 2015

Poliuto by Donizetti

Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
May, June, July 2015

Carmen by Bizet

Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes
May, June, July, 2015

Solo parts for W.A.Mozart Requiem with Ealing Common Choir

St Matthew's Church
29th March, 2015

Solo parts for W.A.Mozart Requiem with Joyful Company of Singers

St Martin in the Fields
27th March, 2015

Solo parts for W.A.Mozart Requiem with Cranford Choral Society

St Mary's Church, Cholsey
21st March, 2015

Choral concert, to include F.Schubert Mass in G and W.A.Mozart's Dixit Et Magnificat KV193

St Thomas' Church, Lymington, Hampshire
6th December, 2014

Young Baltic Talent concert in Royal Academy of Music. To include pieces by A.Žilinskis, E.Dārziņš and A.Kalniņš

St Thomas' Church, Lymington, Hampshire
9th November, 2014

Recital together with Monta Martinsone (soprano) and Goda Stanionyte (piano)

St Peters Church, Riga, Latvia
26th July, 2014

Fidelio by L. Van Beethoven

Garsington Opera, Wormsley
June, July, 2014

Vert-Vert by J.Offenbach

Garsington Opera, Wormsley
June, July, 2014

Latvian composer recital with pianist Ieva Caune

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
17th May, 2014

Ariodante by G.F.Handel with Royal Academy Opera

Sir Jack Lyons Theatre, Royal Academy of Music, London
March, 2014

Messiah by G.F.Handel with South Hampton High School

St Peters Church, London
December, 2013

Young Baltic Talent Concert

Royal Academy of Music, London
December, 2013