Itziar Martinez Galdos is from San Sebastian in Spain, where she began her study of voice. She received her diploma at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Stuttgart, then continued her studies in 1985 at the National Academy of Opera in Oslo. She made her debut in 1988 and was awarded the ''Debutant Prize'' and the ''European Movement Prize'' the same year. In 1989 she became a permanent soloist with The Norwegian National Opera. There she has interpreted a wide range of roles in operas by, among others, Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, and Janáček, as well as roles from the French repertoire and contemporary opera.
Galdos received critical acclaim for her interpretation of Puccini's heroines, Manon Lescaut and Tosca, as well as Desdemona in Verdi's ''Otello''. Recent major roles have been The Foreign Princess in Dvorak’s “Rusalka”, the highly dramatic Minnie in Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West”, Elisabeth in Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”, and Verdi’s powerful and ambitious Lady Macbeth. She was awarded ''Operaens Venners Ærespris'' in 2004, and the prestigious Kirsten Flagstad Prize in 2006.
Itziar M. Galdos has sung at Stockholm's Royal Opera, the Gothenburg Opera, the Malmö Opera, Arriaga Theatre in Bilbao, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in London, and the National Theatre in Belgrade. She has performed with many of Norway’s leading orchestras, including the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Sinfonietta, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra , and the Tromsø Chamber Orchestra. In 2004 she toured with the Bornemouth Symphony Orchestra, and she has appeared on stages in Murmansk, Tiblisi, Baku, and Cairo, among others.
Galdos’s interpretation of Anitra in “Peer Gynt” has been performed before audiences in Madrid, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, and Shanghai. She can be heard as well on the Naxos recording of “Peer Gynt”, released in 2008.
Considered one of Scandinavia’s leading soloists, Galdos has performed throughout the Scandinavian countries with Norwegian pianist Per Arne Frantzen, and her Spanish repertoire is generally the centerpiece of these performances. Festival appearances of Galdos and Frantzen have included, among others, the Quincena Music Festival in San Sebastian and the Bergen International Festival. In 2006 they performed an intimate concert of Norwegian and Spanish song during an official visit of the Spanish Royal Couple.
Their first CD, “Cuando acaba de llover”, featuring Spanish and Latin American classical song, was released in May, 2008 on the LAWO Classics label. Their second recording, “Colores” released in November, 2013 on the same label, presents Galician, Basque, and Catalonian songs.
In June, 2013, the Spanish Foreign Ministry awarded Itziar M. Galdos the Order of Isabella the Catholic in recognition of her dedication to the promotion of friendship and cooperation between the kingdoms of Spain and Norway, and for her contributions to Norwegian musical and cultural life.
In 2014 Itziar M. Galdos, cellist Gustavo Tavares and pianist Per Arne Frantzen created Trio Colla Voce. Their international repertoar focuses on opera, Spanish songs and Latin American music.
During the summer of 2015 Galdos played the part of Rosalinde in The Bat by J. Strauss for Opera Oscarsborg.
In recent years she has been coaching songstudents, with an emphasis on interpretation, at Barratt-Due Institute of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Music.