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Martínez, Ana María

Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez has delighted opera fans around the world with her great control of a beautiful voice and confident stage presence. Martínez is the daughter of noted opera singer Evangelína Colón, from whom she took her earliest singing lessons.

Her great talent and promise took her to the famed Julliard School of Music in New York City from she graduated in 1993. It was not long after, on the road to international recognition, that Martínez won the Pepita Embril award at the 1995 Operalia International Singing competition hosted by the famous Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo.

Domingo was taken with the rising star, inviting Martínez to join him in concerts in the United States, Argentina, Spain, and in her homeland where she sang in “La Boheme”. A few years later, she was back with Domingo at Operalia, but not as a contestant. Martínez was there to sing three duets with him and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra at the gala closing ceremonies of the 1999 event.

Between those appearances at the Operalia competition, Martínez was hard at work, singing in various cities throughout the United States. She also appeared in Stuttgart, Florence and Vienna, where she now makes her home.

A great fan of Andrea Bocelli, with whom she has sung in more than 20 concerts, she shares his great connection with and feeling for music. Martínez explained her love of opera, saying “music can express things that words cannot; take us to other levels of existence, of experience, of being.” This was certainly evident in her performances as “Adina” in the opera “Elixir of Love” with the Houston Gran Opera, which earned critical acclaim in 2000.

Her recent efforts include singing the role of Violeta Valeria in “La Traviata” during the 2001-2002 season of the Los Angeles Opera, together with Plácido Domingo, and singing the role of Doña Elvira in the opera Don Giovanni this Febuary, 2002 at Covent Garden in London. Martínez most recently recorded her rendition of “Ave María” for the soundtrack of the Hollywood movie “John Q”, starring Denzel Washington.

Discography

Philip On Film (2001)

Glass: Symphony no 5 (2000)

Albéniz - Merlin (2000)

Misa Tango (2000)

The Song of Majnum (1997)

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