Martin Wölfel was born in Potsdam, where he received his first musical training and had his first stage and camera experience.
Although he was admitted to the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts to study acting, he began studying voice in Dresden. He graduated with a Meisterklassenabschluss as a countertenor under Margret Trappe-Wiel in 1999.
Since then he has performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Welsh National Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Norske Opera Oslo, the Berlin State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the Semperoper Dresden, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Opéra National de Paris, the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, the Korean National Opera, the Theater Basel and the Frankfurt Opera, where he has been a regular guest since 2006.
As a concert singer he has toured with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and has performed in Tokyo, Osaka, Toulouse, Cairo, Athens, Barcelona, Valencia, and Amsterdam. In addition he has participated in several radio and CD recordings, as well as televised broadcasts.
Since 2007 he has been teaching at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen as a voice teacher, where he was awarded a full professorship in 2017. He also holds regular masterclasses and workshops in several institutions, such as the International Opera Studio Frankfurt, the Conservatoire de Lille and the Conservatorio Superior de Música da Coruña.