Grammy Award winner Ana María Martínez is considered to be one of the foremost sopranos of her time, with an international career that spans the world’s most important opera houses and concert halls.
With a repertoire that encompasses opera’s most intriguing and diverse leading ladies, she engages her audiences season after season with signature roles, spellbinding debuts, and a myriad of captivating recordings. Opera News’ recent cover story on Ms. Martínez declared that her “soprano harks back to the golden age. Her range is even, from a dusky chest-voice through a claret-colored middle and up to radiant top, and is impressive in its quiet moments as it is at full power.” Ms. Martínez is heard during the 2018/19 season with LA Opera as both Elisabetta in Don Carlo and as Solea in El Gato Montes. She joins the Vienna State Opera as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly and Houston Grand Opera as the title role in Florencia en el Amazonas.
The stunning soprano began the 2017/18 season in the title role of Carmen with LA Opera where she “oozed sexuality and mischief as the opera’s flawed protagonist, seen at its peak during her Seguidilla. Martínez is as fine an actress as she is a musician — her thick lower register made her execution all the more alluring.” (Opera Wire) She joined Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires as Rusalka, Lyric Opera of Chicago as both Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte and Marguerite in Faust, Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Alice Ford in Falstaff, Florida Grand Opera as the title role in Florencia en el Amazonas, and finally Santa Fe Opera as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly. On the concert stage she joined the LA Opera Orchestra in a concert honoring Plácido Domingo’s 50th Anniversary, sang Verdi’s Requiem in San Sebastian, Spain, with Maestro Domingo conducting, offered solo concerts with the San Antonio Symphony, and was heard in recitals throughout the United States.
Other highlights of recent seasons include voicing the role of opera singer Alessandra in season three of Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, a triumphant return to the Metropolitan Opera in Madama Butterfly, her role debut as Carmen with Houston Grand Opera and her headline-making role and house debut in the title role of Rusalka with the Glyndebourne Festival, a performance that was recording live and released on the Glyndebourne label.
A graduate of the Juilliard School with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and an alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, she won the Pepita Embil Award at the 1995 Operalia, first prize in the 1994 Eleanor McCollum Auditions and Awards from Houston Grand Opera, and in the 1993 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions she was a first place district and first place regional winner and national finalist. Martínez has offered candid encouragement to young singers as a contributing editor to Classical Singer Magazine. She is the recipient of the National Association of Latina Leaders’ Groundbreaking Latina in Music award. Her recollections and reflections are profiled in Latino Wisdom: Celebrity Stories of Hope, Inspiration, and Success to Recharge our Mind, Body, and Soul by Cathy Areu, published by Barricade Books. (AnaMariaMartinez.com)