Marta Arbonés was born in Barcelona into a family with a long tradition of singers and peformers in the Spanish Zarzuela, a lyric-dramatic genere incorporating the spoken word and popular song as well as dance. She was a member of an ensemble which her grandfather Josep Arbonés i Serra had founded.

She then trained with the soprano Mª Angeles Graells and tenor Dalmacio González and furthered her studies at the High School of Music of Catalonia (ESMUC) under the supervision of the soprano Enedina Lloris, and completed her studies with the highest qualifications. She also attended the Conservatory Gian Battista Martini in Bologna, Italy under the tutelage of soprano Stella Parenti.

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