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Art Song Festival presents ANA MARÍA MARTINEZ and CRAIG TERRY in Recital (Now on May 25, 8PM, due to artist's schedule)
Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music
Cleveland, OH
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Art Song Festival presents ANA MARÍA MARTINEZ and CRAIG TERRY in Recital (Now on May 25, 8PM, due to artist's schedule)
Art Song Festival was founded in 1985 to promote and cultivate art song performance. The 2018 Art Song Festival takes place May 21-26 at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood.

Art Song Festival's 2018 Festival Artists are tenor Christoph Prégardien with pianist Roger Vignoles on Thursday, May 24, and soprano Ana María Martinez with pianist Craig Terry in recital on Friday, May 25. Both recitals will take place at 8:00pm in CIM's beautiful Mixon Hall. Go to artsongfest.com for the full schedule of Festival events!

Ms. Martinez and Mr. Terry's program TBA.


Grammy Award® winner Ana María Martínez is considered to be one of the foremost sopranos of the time, with an international career that spans the worlds most important opera houses and concert halls.With a repertoire that encompasses operas most intriguing and diverse leading ladies, she engages her audiences time and time again with signature roles, spellbinding debuts, and a myriad of captivating recordings. The soprano starts the 2014  2015 calendar opening Lyric Opera of Chicagos season as Donna Elvira in a new Robert Falls production of Don Giovanni.She returns to Opera National de Paris as Mimi in La Boheme, and reprises her role of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Houston Grand Opera.She returns to Dallas Opera as Mimi and concludes the season as the leading role of Paolina in the United Kingdoms first professionally staged performances of Donizettis Poliuto in her triumphant return to The Glyndebourne Festival.This November, Decca releases Manon Lescaut with Ms. Martínez in the title role, recorded opposite Andrea Bocelli with Plácido Domingo conducting the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana.

Recent acclaim for this star soprano include Opera News extraordinary review of her performance as the title role of Rusalka in a new production by David McVicar during Lyric Opera of Chicagos 2013  2014 season:

The production was grounded by the exquisite performance of the title role by Ana María Martínez, who sang the opera for Glyndebourne in 2009. The soprano was in ravishing vocal estate, offering reams of floated lyricism in Act Is famous song to the moon, as well as prodigious dynamic control in Ó marno to je and power in re-serve for the climaxes of Necitelná vodní moci. She emerged from her lake a pale, wraithlike being that undulated in graceful waves, like the water of which she was formed, only to become all angular awkwardness as she struggled with alien surroundings in Act II. Here she resembled a frightened puppy, a creature of pure love who was completely bewildered by her inability to comprehend expectations. An image of the desperate girl being pelted with blossoms during the ballet, while visibly reaching to grasp whether she was being lauded or cruelly mocked, was one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever seen on a stage. Martínezs achievement was easily one of the great soprano performances of the present era at Lyric.

Ms. Martinez opened the 2013-14 season in a role debut as Desdemona in Verdis Otello with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and added a new leading lady to her repertoire when she performed the title role of Carmen in a new Robert Ashford production with Houston Grand Opera.She reprised the role of Carmen with Santa Fe Opera in a new production by Stephen Lawless later in the season. She returned to the Vienna Staatsoper as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly in performances conducted by Plácido Domingo, and to the Bayerishe Staatsoper as both Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly and as Mimi in La Boheme.On the concert stage, she joined Plácido Do-mingo at the Teatro Real in Madrid and at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro as part of the World Cup celebration, and performed alongside baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in a gala concert with the Turkish Opera and Ballet Theatre.In addition, she created a unique recital program, accom-panied by Craig Terry on piano, that she brought to Vocal Arts DC and to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

During the 2012  13 season Ms. Martinez joined Opera National de Paris in a role debut as Antonia in Offenbachs Les Contes dHoffman, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich for three engage-ments: as the title role in Rusalka, as Mimi in La Boheme and as Antonia in Les Contes dHoffman, and returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago as Mimi, prompting Opera News to rave that Ana María Martínez contributed a radiantly vulnerable Mimi, consistently employing her darkly-textured lyric soprano with great sensitivity to dynamics and text. Donde lieta uscì emerged as the centerpiece of her interpretation, particularly with a delicate fining away of tone in the final phrases.In addition, she joined Plácido Domingo for several performances, including for her debut with The Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and for gala performances with the New Orleans Opera, Abu Dhabi Festival in the United Arab Emirates, and Arena di Verona in Italy, among others. Concert engagements in-cluded performances with the Puerto Rico Symphony at the Casals Festival, San Antonio Symphony, Mercury Baroque in Houston, the Seoul Philharmonic, and with the English National Opera Orchestra in London. In addition, she offered a solo recital with Festival Miami. This season Best Buy and HP honored her as a Latina Trailblazer.

Career milestones for the soprano include her headline-making recent role and house debut as Rusalka with the Glyndebourne Festival, a performance that was recording live and released on the Glyndeourne label.Rave reviews for her portrayal include: When Martinez sings that to suffer is to feel alive in her lustrous, vibrant voice (an intoxicating composite of Slavic darkness and Latin brilliance), you believe her, (The Independent) Additional notable engagements in-clude her performances with The Los Angeles Opera of Amelia in Simon Boccanegra opposite Plácido Domingo in the title role, her debut with The Metropolitan Opera as Micaëla in Carmen, and her acclaimed role debut as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Houston Grand Opera in a new production by Tony Award winning director Michael Grandage.Concert engagements are highlighted by her debut at Teatro alla Scala with the Filharmonica della Scala, under the direc-tion of Gustavo Dudamel, the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in a concert conducted by Alan Gilbert in selections from West Side Story, as well as several engagements in in her birth place of Puerto Rico with the Puerto Rico Symphony.

Highlights of her leading operatic roles in the United States include her performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Nedda in I Pagliacci, Mimi in La Boheme, and Marguerite in Faust, perfor-mances with the Los Angeles Opera as Mimi and as Violetta in La Traviata, conducted by Maestro Domingo, and her portrayals of Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Washington National Opera. She sang Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Micaëla in Carmen, and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte all with San Francisco Opera, Mimi in La Boheme with Opera de Puerto Rico, and Rosalin-da in Die Fledermaus at Dallas Opera.She made her debut with Santa Fe Opera as Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte, and returned there as Rosina in a new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Mimi in La Boheme where Opera proclaimed the great performance of the festival was the poignant, sterling Mimì of Ana María Martínez: every phrase glowing and beautifully sculpted with admirable stylistic mastery.An alumnae of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Ms. Martinez maintains a strong relationship with the house, portraying some of her most beloved characters there, and returning season after season. In addition to her Cio-Cio San debut, additional leading roles in the house include Rosina in a new production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Mimi in La Boheme, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, la Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Liù in Turandot, and Lucero in the world premiere of Daniel Catáns Salsipuedes.To her great honor, she was the inaugural recipient of the Lynn Wyatt Great Artist Award, which is granted by the Houston Grand Opera and Lynn and Oscar Wyatt.

In recent seasons, Ms. Martinez has portrayed leading roles on Europes most important stages including her recent role debut as Alice Ford in Falstaff for a return engagement with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for which Opera News declared her radiant soprano moving as accurately and elegantly around the notes as she did in negotiating the physical intricacies of [the] staging, and The Guardian wrote Ana Maria Martinez is a bright-voiced and sexy Alice, a natural leader of womenAdditional performances at Covent Garden include Violetta in La Traviata and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She sang Liu in Turandot and Nedda in I Pagliacci both with De Nederlandse Opera, the title role in Luisa Miller and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro both with the Bayerische Staatsoper.She made her debut with the Hamburg Opera as Blanche in Poulencs Dialgues des Carmelites, her debut with the Vienna Staatsoper as Adina in Lelisir damore, and her debut with the Deutsche Oper Berlin as the title character in Götz Friedrichs production of Luisa Miller.She joined the Vienna Staatsoper as Pamina in the Die Zau-berflöte, the Dresden Semper Opera as Mimì in La Bohème, and the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Mimì in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, and as Donna Elvira in their production of Don Giovanni at at the Festival Castell de Paralada, Spain.She made her debut with the Opera National de Paris as Amelia in a new production of Simon Boccanegra, and returned as the title role in their new production of Luisa Miller.In addition, she portrayed Mimi in La Boheme with the Abu Dhabi Festival in the United Arab Emirates, for the citys first ever fully staged opera production.

For many seasons Ms. Martinez has enjoyed collaborating on multi-city concert tours with tenor Plácido Domingo which has taken them to all corners of the globe.Highlights of their collaboration include concerts at the Ravinia Festival, the Salzburg Festival in an all-Zarzuela concert recored live entitled Amor, Vida de Mi Vida, to a Gala performance at the Teatro Real in Madrid in celebration of the tenors birthday, and for a performance at The White House.

She has also performed on numerous international concert tours with tenor Andrea Bocelli.Highlights of their collaboration include her appearance on the Emmy nominated PBS TV special and DVD American Dream: Andrea Bocellis Statue of Liberty Concert with the New Jersey Symphony, as well as her participation in his star-studded performance in New Yorks Central Park which was recorded live, broadcast on PBS stations nationwide, and released on DVD and CD in an album entitled Concerto: One Night in Central Park.

Ms. Martinezs concert career includes solo engagements with some of the worlds most celebrat-ed orchestras and conductors.She has performed with the Tchaikovsky Symphony in Moscow, the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasiliera in Rio de Janeiro, the BBC Symphony at Barbican Hall, and the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic.She joined the Boston Symphony, conducted by Bernard Haitink, Lyric Opera of Chicago for a concert at Millenium Park, and Washington National Opera for a concert with Bryn Terfel conducted by Plácido Domingo.She made her debut with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg for Verdis Requiem, her debut with the Orchestre de Paris to sing Bernsteins Kaddish Symphony, and joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel.She performed with tenor Joseph Calleja in an open-air televised gala concert with the Esterhazy Festival in Austria, sang at the Ravinia Festival in concert performances as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte conducted by James Conlon, joined the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy, and has appeared on several occasions with the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.

Ms. Martinezs recording collection is highlighted by her solo disc, entitled Ana María Martínez  Soprano Songs and Arias, recorded with the Prague Philharmonia conducted by Steven Mercurio on Naxos.She stars on the Decca DVD Cosi Fan Tutte filmed at the Salzburg Festival and performs the role of Nedda opposite Andrea Bocelli in the Universal CD recording of I Pagliacci which debuted at #1. DVDs on the Euro Arts label include Spanish Night with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Plácido Domingo, and Amor, Vida de Mi Vida where she joins Plácido Domingo for Zarzuelas recorded live with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.In addition, her discography includes a performance on Steven Mercurios Sony Classical CD, Many Voices, and the Latin Grammy award-winning recording of Albenizs Merlin with Plácido Domingo (Decca), which coincided with the Grammy nominated recording of Bacalovs Misa Tango with Plácido Domingo (Deutsche Grammophon). Additional recordings include Glass La Belle et la Bête and Symphony No. 5 (Nonesuch), Albenizs Henry Clifford (Decca), Joaquin Rodrigos: Obra Vocal I, II, IV & V (EMI), and Daniel Catáns Florencia en el Amazonas (Albany). Recorded on Naxos for the Milken Archives and with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, she can be heard on Castelnuovo Tedescos Naomi & Ruth Opus 27 (Naxos) as well as Yizkors Requiem (Naxos) and with the Barcelona Symphony, Marvin Levys Canto de los Marranos (Naxos), Julius Chajes Old Jerusalem (Naxos) and Hugo Weisgalls Psalm of the Distant Dove (Naxos).Her rendition of Ave Maria is heard in the Denzel Washington film John Q, and her Je veux vivre from Romeo et Juliette can be heard in the movie Factory Girl.

A graduate of the Juilliard School with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Martinez won the Pepita Embil Award at the 1995 Operalia II, first prize in the 1994 Eleanor McCollum Auditions and Awards from Houston Grand Opera, and in the 1993 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions she was a first place district and first place regional winner and national finalist. Martinez offers candid encouragement to young singers as a contributing editor to Classical Singer Magazine. She is the recipient of the National Association of Latina Leaders Groundbreaking Latina in Music award. Her recollections and reflections are profiled in Latino Wisdom: Celebrity Stories of Hope, Inspiration, and Success to Recharge our Mind, Body, and Soul by Cathy Areu, published by Barricade Books.


Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music (View)
11021 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
United States


Arts > Opera
Arts > Performance
Music > Classical

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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