Ana María Martínez

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Ana María Martínez
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Background information
Birth nameAna María Martínez Colón
BornSan Juan de Puerto Rico
GenresOpera
Occupation(s)Soprano
InstrumentsVoice
Years active1992–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Ana María Martínez (born 1971) is a Puerto Rican soprano.

Early life[edit]

Martínez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico; she is the daughter of Puerto Rican opera singer Evangelína Colón[1][2] and Cuban psychoanalyst Ángel Martínez. Martínez' grandparents originated in Spain and France, and migrated to the Caribbean islands. Martínez grew up with a strict Catholic upbringing.[3] She briefly attended the Boston Conservatory as a musical theater major, but dropped out and later received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the Juilliard School.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Martínez met tenor Chad Shelton in 2000; they married and had one son. They divorced about seven years later.[2]

Special performances[edit]

On March 11, 2016, Martínez sang Bach/Gounod's "Ave Maria" and "Pie Jesu" from Fauré's Requiem during the funeral services of First Lady Nancy Reagan.[5][6]

She provided the singing voice for Monica Bellucci's character in the third season of Mozart in the Jungle.[7]

Awards[edit]

Martínez has won prizes including the Pepita Embil Award, Operalia, and first prize at the Eleanor McCollum Awards.[8] She won a Latin Grammy in 2001 for Classical Album for Isaac Albéniz's Merlin with Carlos Álvarez, Plácido Domingo, Jane Henschel and conductor José de Eusebio with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid.[9]

Discography[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evangelina Colón". Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  2. ^ a b von Rhein, John (January 16, 2013). "'La Boheme' star Ana Maria Martinez is no diva offstage". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  3. ^ Feature Opera Lady Ana María Martínez Archived March 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, hispaniconline.com
  4. ^ Barnes, Scott (October 2014). "The Passions of Ana María". Opera News. 79 (4). Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Lynn Wyatt arranges for Houston soprano to sing at Nancy Reagan funeral" by Shelby Hodge, CultureMap Houston, 14 March 2016
  6. ^ "Ana María Martínez singing Pie Jesu-Requiem during Nancy Reagan's Funeral Service" Youtube, 11 March 2016
  7. ^ "An Aria for the Long Island Lolita on Mozart in the Jungle by Michael Cooper, The New York Times, 7 December 2016
  8. ^ "Featured Artists in Mozart's Così fan tutte" at National Public Radio
  9. ^ "Latin Grammys (Finally!) Announced" Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, eonline.com

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