Ana María Martínez

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Ana María Martínez
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Background information
Birth nameAna María Martínez Colón
Born1971 (age 48–49)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Occupation(s)Opera singer (soprano)
Years active1992–present

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]


In November 2005 Martínez debut with the Metropolitan Opera in Carmen as Micaëla.[5] In 2006 she was featured in Salzburg Festival's production of Così fan tutte as Fiordiligi.[6]

In February 2016 she was Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera.[7]

She returned to Così fan tutte as Fiordiligi at Lyric Opera of Chicago in February 2018.[8] In April, she took up the title role in Florencia en el Amazonas at Florida Grand Opera.[9] In July she performed in Falstaff at Royal Opera House as Alice Ford.[10] She portrayed Élisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos opening on 22 September at Los Angeles Opera.[11]

In January 2019 she brought performances of Florencia to Houston Grand Opera.[12] In February she was appointed Houston Grand Opera's first-ever artistic advisor.[13] In May she portrayed Soleá in El gato montés at Los Angeles Opera.[14]

Special performances[edit]

On 11 March 2016, Martínez sang Bach/Gounod's "Ave Maria" and "Pie Jesu" from Fauré's Requiem during the funeral services of Nancy Reagan.[15][16]

She provided the singing voice for Monica Bellucci's character in the third season of Mozart in the Jungle.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Martínez met tenor Chad Shelton in 2000; they married and had one son. They divorced about seven years later.[2] She has been living in Houston since December 2002.[18]


Martínez has won prizes including the Pepita Embil Award, Operalia, and first prize at the Eleanor McCollum Awards.[19] 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.[20]


See also[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,
  4. ^ Barnes, Scott (October 2014). "The Passions of Ana María". Opera News. 79 (4). Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  5. ^ Hoffman, Barbara (9 November 2005). "'Carmen' get it - Puerto Rican opera star is set for her Met debut". New York Post.
  6. ^ Tommasini, Anthony (5 August 2006). "A Light Mozart Opera Refitted With a Hard Edge". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Woolfe, Zachary (21 February 2016). "Review: 'Madama Butterfly' Showcases Ana María Martínez". The New York Times.
  8. ^ von Rhein, John (18 February 2018). "Lyric revival of Mozart's romantic comedy 'Cosi Fan Tutte' touches the heart". Chicago Tribune.
  9. ^ Fleshler, David (29 April 2018). "FGO triumphs with an old-fashioned operatic beauty in "Florencia"". South Florida Classical Review.
  10. ^ Christiansen, Rupert (8 July 2018). "Falstaff review, Royal Opera House – despite an excellent cast, this production fails to scintillate". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  11. ^ Swed, Mark (23 September 2018). "Review: Plácido Domingo is ageless as ever in 'Don Carlo,' opening the L.A. Opera season". Los Angeles Times.
  12. ^ Brown, Steven (19 January 2019). "Houston Grand Opera's "Florencia" is a musical and visual delight". Texas Classical Review.
  13. ^ "Houston Grand Opera Announces Concert Of Arias 2019 Winners and Appoints Ana Maria Martinez As Artistic Advisor". BroadwayWorld. 2 February 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  14. ^ Rampell, Ed (8 May 2019). "'El Gato Montés': A gypsy, bandit, and torero walk into a bullring". People's World.
  15. ^ "Lynn Wyatt arranges for Houston soprano to sing at Nancy Reagan funeral" by Shelby Hodge, CultureMap Houston, 14 March 2016
  16. ^ "Ana María Martínez singing Pie Jesu-Requiem during Nancy Reagan's Funeral Service" Youtube, 11 March 2016
  17. ^ "An Aria for the Long Island Lolita on Mozart in the Jungle by Michael Cooper, The New York Times, 7 December 2016
  18. ^ Womack, Catherine (15 September 2017). "Q&A: Carmen, the Wonder Woman of opera? A soprano on playing the poster girl for freedom". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Featured Artists in Mozart's Così fan tutte" at National Public Radio
  20. ^ "Latin Grammys (Finally!) Announced" Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine,

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