Artist Interview: Ana María Martínez

With a global profession that finds her in each opera homes and live performance halls, Ana María Martínez brings a program to Philadelphia that we don’t typically hear—works by Rodrigo, Granados, Lecuona, de Falla, Moré, and Capó. Along with her busy efficiency profession, this Grammy Award winner is a passionate advocate for younger singers. We just lately mentioned her upcoming debut program with Craig Terry and her ideas on starting a profession in music.

Erik Petersons: You’re presenting an all-Spanish program to your recital on March 16. How did this program come collectively, and are there private connections with any of the works?

Ana María Martínez: First, I want to say how excited I’m to be performing with PCMS! Craig and I are enormously wanting ahead to providing this program which we love so deeply with all of you.

This program could be very near my coronary heart as a result of it’s an all-Spanish recital, and Spanish is my first language. The primary half presents music repertoire that’s thought-about to be among the many staple items of the Spanish vocal music literature. I selected these as a result of they’re beautiful, they embody the complete spectrum of human emotion, and they’re additionally a part of the invention course of for younger classical singers and pianists. These songs change into a part of a younger artist’s life on the time that they’re specializing in method and bearing on expression and sometimes accompany the artist all through their life and profession. When that bond with repertoire is shaped, a life partnership and sincere gauge is made.

The second half of this system presents more moderen jewels (primarily circa Thirties-Nineteen Forties) from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spain, Mexico, and Argentina. These are classical alternatives however extra well-liked songs on the time they have been composed. They’re romantic, nostalgic, stunning. With all of the items, I really feel a robust emotional connection from having heard them whereas I used to be rising up and reveling of their relaxed melodies and highly effective poetry.

EP: Additionally, you will be performing a choice of Zarzuela. The place does this style originate, and the way would you characterize the works you can be performing?

AMM: The roots of Spanish Zarzuela are in seventeenth century Spain. The primary efficiency passed off within the Royal Palace of El Prado, in Madrid. It resembles the type of an operetta, which implies that there are scenes with spoken dialogues. The tales will be tragic or comedic. There are additionally Zarzuelas from Cuba and Mexico, amongst others. The Zarzuela of the seventeenth century is taken into account Baroque, and the Zarzuela from the nineteenth century is Romantic. We provide a Zarzuela aria from the Cuban Zarzuela, María La O, by Ernesto Lecuona. This one is a perfect instance from the Romantic period of the style.

EP: Inform us about your collaboration with Craig Terry and what it’s prefer to work with him.

AMM: Collaborating with Craig Terry is at all times a beautiful and pleased expertise! Craig has nice concepts, and collectively we will create and form a program in such a means the place items that imply the world to us are supplied from the center. We met whereas engaged on the Spanish Opera, Florencia en el Amazonas, by Daniel Catán, at Houston Grand Opera years in the past and luxuriate in performing recitals collectively regularly.

EP: You will have a robust curiosity in encouraging the subsequent era of singers. If you are in Philly, you can be visiting vocal college students at Esperanza Academy Constitution Faculty. What do you discover is most vital to move on to college students who’re nonetheless discovering their very own voices and aiming for a singing profession?

AMM: I firmly consider in encouraging folks to satisfy their full potential and to observe their goals. Dreaming massive is vital, and simply as vital is self-discipline, focus, and each day work, which result in being ready and outfitted for the lengthy journey of this profession.

EP: What are the distinctive traits and expressive potential when evaluating artwork music and opera?

AMM: As younger singers we start, or no less than we must always start, with artwork songs. The early Italian artwork songs, for instance, permit us to work on our method in order that we start to craft the instruments we’ll want so as to sing the operas of our goals sooner or later.

Consider an artwork music as a brief story and an opera as a novel. The artwork music will due to this fact supply every part of the story in only a few pages, whereas the opera can broaden the story, having plots and subplots.

There’s the plain distinction in that an opera has an orchestra and just by size alone, the opera could be very lengthy as compared. Now, if you end up speaking a few music cycle, some will be fairly dramatic and of better size.

The wholesome basis for the stamina to have the ability to sing a full size opera is established within the early steps, because of the artwork music.

Ana María Martínez seems with the Chamber Music Society on Wednesday, March 16 on the Kimmel Middle’s Perelman Theater.


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