“The tenor Martin Shalita, who mastered the high tessitura wonderfully in the Bartók, sang […] with great tonal beauty” Waltraud Brunst - Mannheimer Morgen
A native of Miami, Florida, Martin Shalita holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of South Florida and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Miami. Dr. Shalita began his professional career with Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Highlights from these seasons include Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La cenerentola and Eurito in Düsseldorf’s revival performances of Wilderer’s Giocasta, as well as roles in Lady Macbeth von Mzensk, Don Carlos, Moses und Aron, Fidelio, and Il tabarro. Subsequently, he was engaged with Theater Koblenz for four seasons, where he gained public and critical acclaim for his performances of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Offenbach’s Orpheus in der Unterwelt, Andres in Berg’s Wozzeck, Araquil in La Navarraise by Massenet, Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer by R. Wagner, Paolino in Il matrimonio segreto by Cimarosa, Ivan in Shostakovich’s Nos, and Admeto in Gluck’s Alceste: “… (he) commands a very high tenor voice that he always applies with great tonal beauty and precise diction for the role of Admeto. At the same time, his voice always sounds natural in the high tessitura, and never pressed [...]” Thomas Molke - Online Musik Magazin. He also performed Tony in Bernstein’s West Side Story and Magaldi in Webber’s Evita, both in-house and on the ancient fortress of Ehrenbreitstein in open-air performances.
In 2015, he performed Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon with Theater Nordhausen and Dr. Siedler in Bantzky’s Im Weissen Rössl with the Schlossfestspiele Zwingenberg, as well as Ismaele in Nabucco by Verdi with Opera Classica in Buc, France. "The Chevalier Des Grieux was portrayed uniquely by Martin Shalita. His flexible top register was wonderfully secure, and poured out pure harmony […]" Friedeon Rosén - Der Online Merker
Dr. Shalita is also an established concert artist, having performed as a soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bartók’s Cantata Profana with the Internationale Bach Akademie in Stuttgart, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Horn with the Rheinische Philharmonie, Handel’s Messiah with the Sarasota Choral Society, Schubert’s Mass in G, Rossini’s Petite Messe solenelle with Convivium Musicum Mainz, an evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and the 9th Symphony of Beethoven in Bonn, the composer’s hometown. As a recitalist, he has performed Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin both in Salzburg, Austria, and Theater Koblenz, as well as Schumann’s Liederkreis Op.39 and Ravel’s Don Quichotte.
He has sung under the batons of artists such as John Fiore, Robert Shaw, Marco Boemi, Enrico Delamboye, Wen-Pin Chien, Celso Antunes and Karsten Huschke, and worked with directors such as Gianfranco de Bosio, Philipp Kochheim, Pet Halmann, Markus Dietze, Matthias Schönfeldt and Christoph Nel. He is a two-time recipient first-prize winner of the Leopold’s Kron competition in Salzburg.