ANA MARÍA MARTÍNEZ SOLO CD ON NAXOS IN STORES NOVEMBER 15th
Release Coincides with Soprano’s Metropolitan
Opera Debut November 19th
On November 15th, Naxos will release the
first full-length solo CD from Ana María Martínez, a sophisticated and versatile
young soprano who will be making her Metropolitan Opera debut November 19th
as Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen.
The new Naxos CD of popular soprano songs and arias highlight
the qualities that have made Martínez, who also appears on the Milken Archive
recording of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Naomi and Ruth (8.559404), an
up-and-coming international opera star.
Martínez appeared earlier this month as Countess Almaviva
in the Houston Grand Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro; she
will perform as Violetta in La Traviata at Covent Garden in January,
and will make her debut at the Paris Opera, singing the role of Amelia in Simon
Boccanegra, in Spring 2006.
In 2004-2005, Martínez, a native of Puerto Rico, maintained
a busy schedule here in the United States, making her debut with the Houston
Grand Opera in Daniel Catan's Salsipuedes and performing with the
Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Other highlighs
of the season included performances of Mimi in La Boheme with the
Los Angeles Opera and a return to Houston for a revival production of Romeo
and Juliette. The summer festival season found Ms. Martínez at the
Santa Fe Opera in another role debut, singing Rosina in a new production
of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
SOPRANO SONGS AND ARIAS
Ana María Martínez, soprano
Prague Philharmonia; Steven Mercurio
Release date: November 15th, 2005