GRAMMY® Award winner Ana María Martínez, one of today's most distinguished lyric sopranos, will be wowing one of classical music's largest global audiences in the run-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final. The Puerto Rican opera singer will appear in a gala concert to be broadcast live from Rio de Janeiro on 11 July, two days before the soccer tournament final. She will share the stage with legendary opera star Placido Domingo, building on their previous collaborations in a programme of world-favourite solos and duets. Chinese pianist Lang Lang also makes an appearance, while the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira will be directed by Eugene Kohn.
We invite you to get into the mood for this spectacular gala concert with Ana María Martínez' solo Naxos album.
“She turned married couples into lovers and bestowed happy dreams on the lonely. Some listeners shut their eyes and smiled blissfully”. (Berliner Zeitung) The dramatic range and unusually broad repertoire of Ana María Martínez sets her apart as one of today’s most sophisticated and versatile lyric sopranos, a rising star whose career already spans the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. This recording of popular soprano songs and arias is released to mark her MET début, as Micaela in Carmen. For the Naxos Milken Archive of American Jewish Music Ana María Martínez has recorded Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Naomi and Ruth (8.559404).
Listen to an extract from Puccini's O mio babbino caro
“Martínez possesses an instrument of astonishing range, flexibility and ringing top that is ideally suited to the Romantic and Post-Romantic musical literature presented here. There is no doubt, moreover, that her precise phrasing, intonation and dynamics all contribute to a most satisfactory musical result.
This recording is highly recommended.” - Opera Today