Opera News

“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.”