Ana María Martínez stars as Carmen at Santa Fe Opera
Following her debut in the role in Houston earlier this year, Ana María Martínez brings her acclaimed interpretation of Bizet’s Carmen to Santa Fe Opera. The Puerto Rican soprano stars opposite Roberto De Biasio as the hapless Don José, Kostas Smoriginas as the seductive toreador Escamillo, and Joyce El-Khoury as Micaëla. Rory Macdonald conduts a production directed by Stephen Lawless.
Of her Houston Carmen, Opera News raved, “Ana María Martínez’s amazing performance as Carmen established a benchmark for the role in the Houston Grand Opera performance of Bizet’s opera. There was, first, Martínez’s rich, lustrous, and voluptuous soprano, which she modulated toward gutsy power in her low range and arresting brilliance at the top. Beyond her singing, alone worth the price of admission, Martínez reveled in Carmen’s flamboyance and seductive charisma, so that her every gesture radiated the persona of this dangerous but irresistible gypsy. And, for Carmen’s dancing in Act II at Lillas Pastia’s Inn, Martínez led an ensemble of dancers with flair.”