Get To Know Ana María Martínez

Ana María Martínez as Carmen; Photo: Lynn Lane, courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

Ana María Martínez as the title character in Carmen; Photo: Lynn Lane, courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

Twenty Years of Singing in Los Angeles

One of the world’s most acclaimed opera stars, soprano Ana María Martínez first graced the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage in 1997 singing Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème. This was not long after she took a top prize in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition. Since then, she has sung five roles in six LA Opera productions—Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi (in two different seasons), Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Nedda in Pagliacci, and Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly. In September, she will mark her 20th anniversary in L.A. by making another LA Opera role debut as the fiery Carmen in Bizet’s eponymous opera.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico before moving with her family to New York, Ana María was educated at Juilliard and has performed at every great opera house in the world. Today she lives in Houston, which keeps her close to Houston Grand Opera, an institution with which she has had a long relationship.

As she was wrapping up her performances as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the San Francisco Opera, Ana María sat down with BRAVO to discuss her volunteer work and her upcoming Carmen at LA Opera.

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