Spring highlights include Puccini in London, Donizetti at Glyndebourne

After a highly acclaimed start to 2015 spent in the United States, Ana María Martínez continues her season of performances in the United Kingdom with returns to the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne.

The Grammy-winning soprano is heard in London this month with two performances of Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House, reprising her signature role of Cio-Cio San. Her recent revival of the role in Houston prompted the Houston Press to write “Martínez possesses a tone of unfailing beauty, with an abundant blush of freshness and purity that conveys youthfulness and unbridled passion.” Ana María stars opposite Brian Jagde as B.F. Pinkerton under the baton of Nicola Luisotti in a production directed by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser April 6 and 11.

From there, Ana María heads to East Sussex for Donizetti’s Poliuto at Glyndebourne. The production also marks the UK premiere of this bel canto rarity, which depicts the tale of Christian martyr Saint Polyeuctus. Ana María sings the role of Paolina, a role championed by Maria Callas, opposite Michael Fabiano in the title role. Directed by Mariame Clément and conducted by Enrique Mazzola, Poliuto opens Glyndebourne’s 2015 season on May 21, and runs through July 15.