(San Juan, Puerto Rico)
2015–16 Season: Elisabetta in Don Carlo
2016–17 Season: Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni
Grammy award-winning soprano Ana María Martínez made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2003 as Pamina in The Magic Flute. Since then, she has appeared as Micaëla in the Company's 2006 production of Carmen and as Amelia Grimaldi in 2008's Simon Boccanegra.
Martínez studied at the Juilliard School of Music and was a national finalist in the 1993 Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards. Engagements include Musetta (La Bohème) 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 United States, in repertory ranging from Mahler’s Fourth Symphony 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.
During the 2015–16 season, the Puerto Rican soprano appeared as Musetta at the Metropolitan Opera. Later this season, she stars in the title role of Houston Grand Opera's Rusalka and as Cio-Cio-San in Los Angeles.