Soprano Martina Serafin was born in Vienna with both parents being singers as well. She studied and the Vienna Conservatory first with Hilde Zadek, later with Otto Edelmann and specialized early in her career in the operetta repertoire with roles by Lehár, Strauß and Kálmán. As a company member at the Graz opera house and at Staatsoper Stuttgart, she established herself soon as a leading singer in the lyrical, spinto and German soprano repertoire, here signature roles being Tosca and Turandot. She sings Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Isolde, Elsa (Lohengrin), Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Mimì (La Bohéme), the title role in Manon Lescaut, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and Maddalena in Andrea Chénier.
She starred on all major operatic stages of the world, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro alla Scala, Arena di Verona, Vienna State Opera and Metropolitan Opera in New York. She is a much sought-after concert singer with Lieder by Schubert and Schumann, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder and Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss (under Zubin Mehta with the Vienna Philharmonic at Musikverein in Vienna) that she performs on large concert stages all over the world.
After her celebrated Tosca in 2015, Martina Serafin returns as Turandot to “Oper im Steinbruch“.