Ana María Martínez is an “arresting” Donna Elvira in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Don Giovanni

Ana María Martínez opened up the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 60th season with a bang as Donna Elvira in a new production of Don Giovanni. The Chicago Tribune raved, “Martínez took to Falls’ liberated concept of Elvira with evident relish. The arresting Puerto Rican-born soprano invested everything she sang with gleaming beauty of sound and keen dramatic intensity.” The Daily Herald added that Ana María “is wonderfully fiery with a dusky sound as the revenge-bent Donna Elvira.”

Musical America praised Ana María’s “supple-voiced soprano… Able to float long, yearning melodies and also race through fiery ornaments, Martínez was convincing as she sorted out her conflicted feelings for Don Giovanni.”

“Ana Maria Martinez’s entrance in tight burgundy pants and motoring goggles…set the tone for her spunky Donna Elvira,” concluded the Chicago Classical Review. “The borderline personality elements of the character—continuously veering from intense love for Giovanni to intense hatred—can seem broadly comic, yet Martínez delved beneath the surface to provide a compassionate and oddly moving and credible example of extreme love. Vocally, Martínez was faultless, singing with fearless fervor, accuracy and sensitivity throughout.”

(Photo: Todd Rosenberg)