Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez made her Royal Opera debut in 2002 singing Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). She has since returned to sing Violetta Valéry (La traviata), Donna Elvira, Alice Ford (Falstaff) and Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly). In the 2016/17 Season she returns to sing Cio-Cio-San.
Martínez studied at the Juilliard School of Music and was a national finalist in the 1993 Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards. Engagements include Cio-Cio-San for the Metropolitan Opera, Donna Elvira, Desdemona (Verdi’s Otello) and Rusalka for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cio-Cio-San and Mimì (La bohème) for Bavarian State Opera, Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Mimì for Paris Opéra, Cio-Cio-San in Houston and for Vienna State Opera, Nedda (Pagliacci) for LA Opera, Carmen in Houston and for Santa Fe Opera and Paolina (Poliuto) for Glyndebourne. She performs in concert throughout Europe and the USA, in repertory ranging from Mahler’s Symphony no.4 to Spanish songs and arias and Bernstein’s West Side Story.
Martínez has recorded widely, including Albéniz’s Merlin and Bacalov’s Misa Tango (Deutsche Grammophon with Plácido Domingo), the solo album Ana María Martínez: Soprano Songs and Arias (Naxos), Manon Lescaut (Decca, with Domingo) and DVDs of zarzuela and Spanish music with Domingo.