Born in Cuba, he graduated from the Superior Institute of the Arts and became the leading baritone with the Teatro Lirico "Rodrigo Prats" in Holguin. Later joining the Teatro Lirico Nacional in Havana, where he performed such roles as Enrico in "Lucia di Lammermoor", Marcelo in "La bohème", Alfio in "Cavalleria rusticana", Tonio in "Pagliacci", Figaro in "Il barbiere di Siviglia", Don Giovanni in "Don Giovanni", and Iago in "Otello". His extended repertoire of Spanish and Cuban Zarzuelas includes: "El Cafetal", "Cecilia Valdes", "Maria la O", "La del Manojo de Rosas", "La Leyenda del Beso", "La del Soto del Parral", and "Luisa Fernanda".
He has toured through France, Spain, United States, and Portugal.
Martinez and his wife currently reside in Miami, Florida.
- Johnson. Lawrence A.,'Cuban baritone sparks Lyric Opera's Barber' Miami Herald, September 17, 2007
- Aguava biography
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