Ana María Martínez returns to Paris for La Bohème at the Bastille
NOV 19, 2014
This month, Ana María Martínez returns to France for the Opéra National de Paris’s La Bohème at the Opéra Bastille. Starring in Jonathan Miller’s production, conducted in this run by Sir Mark Elder, the soprano reprises her acclaimed account of Mimì opposite Khachatur Badalyan as Rodolfo. Mariangela Sicilia sings Musetta and Tassis Christoyannis is heard as Marcello.
Of her appearance in the role in 2013 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune raved that “Martínez knows a lot about how to strum those heartstrings and does so wonderfully here. The Puerto Rico-born soprano sounded fresh and radiant…her phrasing nuanced and full of alluring colorations. Her singing and acting were as one, creating a believably fragile heroine whose fate we really cared about. Her ‘Donde lieta usci,’ in which Mimi told her lover they should part without bitterness, was most affectingly sung, sealing her triumph in this, her signature role.”
Ana María can be heard in Bohème at the Bastille on November 30 as well as December 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, and 13. Click here for tickets.
Winter performances in Paris, Prague, Houston, and Hollywood
NOV 13, 2014
Following an auspicious autumn, Ana María Martínez’s winter schedule takes the Grammy-winning soprano to opera houses in Paris and Houston as well as concert stages in Prague and Florida.
Ana María’s next performances in the 2014-15 season take place at the Opéra National de Paris, where she reprises her “fresh and radiant” (Chicago Tribune) Mimì in Jonathan Miller’s production of La Bohème, conducted by Sir Mark Elder. After a performance run November 30 through December 13, Ana María heads to Prague for a gala concert at the O2 Arena in celebration of the Year of Czech Music on December 17. Opposite tenor Ramón Vargas, she sings selections from Dvorak’s Rusalka under conductor Jakub Hrusa.
In January, Ana María returns to Houston Grand Opera’s Madama Butterfly for six performances betweenJanuary 23 and February 8 in Michael Grandage’s production conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. OnFebruary 12, 14, and 15, she joins frequent artistic partner Andrea Bocelli for three concerts in Hollywood, FL, at Hard Rock Live.
Ana María Martínez shines in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s diamond jubilee
NOV 5, 2014
This past weekend’s gala concert celebrating 60 years of Lyric Opera of Chicago earned acclaim for Ana María Martínez. Recently seen with the company in a season-opening new production of Don Giovanni, Ana María appeared on the company’s gala program with a performance from one of her other signature roles, Cio-Cio San.
“Ana María Martínez delivered as lovely a reading of Madama Butterfly’s ‘Un bel dì’ as one is likely to hear today,” declared the Chicago Tribune. The Chicago Classical Review added that the performance was “touching.”
Later this week, Ana María returns to Texas for a concert to with the Lake Houston Musical Arts Society benefit the National Association of Teachers of Singers. Click here for ticket info.
Ana María Martínez celebrates 60 years of Lyric Opera November 1
OCT 30, 2014
Following an acclaimed run of Don Giovanni with the company that concluded this week, Ana María Martínez joins the Lyric Opera of Chicago this Saturday for a star-studded gala. In celebration of the company’s 60th anniversary, the concert is emceed by comedian and actress Jane Lynch and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Also featured among the lineup of performers are improv comedy troupe The Second City, jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, sopranos Renée Fleming and Christine Goerke, tenor Johan Botha, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, bass-baritone Eric Owens, and Don Giovanni castmates Mariusz Kwiecien and Marina Rebeka. For ticket information, click here.