Dutch baritone Martijn Cornet is an ensemble member at the Aalto Theater in Essen, where roles have included Il Conte di Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Moralès in Carmen, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Valentin in Faust, Barbier in Die schweigsame Frau, Pantalon in L’amour des trois oranges, Heerrufer in Lohengrin and General von Rohnsdorff in Die Czardasfürstin.
In the 2017/18 season, he adds Kruschina in Smetana’s Die verkaufte Braut, Pappacodaand Makkaronikoch in Eine Nacht in Venedig, Schaunard in La Bohème and Baron Douphol in La Traviata to his repertoire in Essen. With the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, he will appear in open-air concerts, featuring arias by Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti, and sing the Fauré Requiem.
Recent engagements include a highly acclaimed performance as Don Giovanni for Holland Opera, a return to Dutch National Opera as Padde in Little Dog’s Heart, Cithéron and Un Satyre in Platée with the Early Opera Company in London, Horatio in Thomas’ Hamlet, Hermann/Schlémil in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, Ivan Zhuran in Tchaikovsky’s The Sorceress, all at Theater an der Wien, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus at Opéra national de Lorraine, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the New Israeli Opera and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Semperoper Dresden.
At Dutch National Opera he has sung roles such as Le Crieur in La Juive, Patrocle in Iphigénie en Aulide, Cithéron and Un Satyre in Platée, 2nd Walvisvaarder in Legende by Dutch composer Jan-Peter Wagemans and, most recently, the role of He in in the world premiere of Louis Andriessen’s new opera Theatre of the World in a staging by Pierre Audi, which was also performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
In the Netherlands, Mr Cornet has also appeared in the lead role in As big as the Sky, a world premiere by Dutch composer Arnoud Noordegraaf, in the title role in Monteverdi’s Orfeo in a special anniversary production of the Opera Studio Nederland, Gregorio in Roméo et Julliette and Caronte in Haydn’s Orlando Palladino, both at the Zaterdagmatinee series at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Enrico in L’Isola Disabitata at the Nederlandse Reisopera.
His concert repertoire includes works such as Kurt Weill’s Berliner Requiem, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Schönberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, the Fauré Requiem and both Bach’s Johannes- and Matthäus-Passion, which he has performed with orchestras such as, The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. At the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, he has appeared in two chamber operas by Jonathan Dove and Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach. In recital, he also performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as part of their “Young Artists” series.
Mr Cornet has already had the pleasure of working with conductors such as Marc Minkowski, René Jacobs, James MacMillan, Carlo Rizzi, Jan Willem de Vriend, Martyn Brabbins, Tomas Netopil, Reinbert de Leeuw, Alessandro de Marchi, Paul Agnew and Richard Egarr and with stage-directors such as Nigel Lowery, Pierre Audi, Christoph Loy, Guy Joosten, Philipp Himmelmann and Carlos Wagner.
Martijn Cornet graduated at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and was a member of the Opera Studio Nederland. He is currently working Margreet Honig.