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Ana María Martínez: The Artist and Instructor

Ana María Martínez: The Artist and Instructor


Ana María Martínez (Photos: Ashkan Roayaee)
Ana María Martínez (Photographs: Ashkan Roayaee)

Each July, Toronto Summer season Music provides a tasty program of chamber music, piano, violin and vocal live shows, that includes large title musicians in addition to aspiring younger artists. Inside TSM’s Academy element is its Artwork of the Tune program, the place audiences achieve perception into the advanced course of of coaching and nurturing younger expertise, to assist them hone their craft and put together them for skilled careers.

To this finish, every July TSM brings in internationally famend artists to function mentors to the younger musicians. Earlier mentors included such distinguished singers and pianists as Matthias Goerne, Gerald Finley, Soile Isokoski, Benjamin Appl, Martin Katz, and Julius Drake, simply to call a number of. I’ve fond recollections of listening to these artists carry out, both within the state-of-the-art Koerner Corridor or the intimate Walter Corridor.

On this summer season’s Artwork of the Tune program, the visiting mentors are soprano Ana María Martínez and pianist Craig Terry, along with TSM’s resident Artwork of the Tune Program Director, pianist Steven Philcox. A local of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Martínez is a veteran of a distinguished 25-year profession, performing within the nice opera homes and live performance halls around the globe. I had the pleasure of listening to her lovely voice on a number of events on the Santa Fe Opera, as Fiordiligi, Mimi, and Cio Cio San.

Many may keep in mind her singing reverse Andrea Bocelli and Placido Domingo in excessive profile engagements a number of years in the past. Recipient of a powerful listing of awards and accolades, together with the Opera Information Award and Grammy Award, Martínez can be a famous instructor, devoted to passing on her artistry and knowledge to the subsequent era. In 2021, Martínez was appointed Professor of Voice within the Shepherd Faculty of Music at Rice College in Houston.

At TSM, Martinez can be giving a free masterclass on July 7, adopted by a Spanish-themed recital on July 10, each occasions to happen at Walter Corridor. Her recital options songs by Hispanic composers together with Rodrigo, Turina, Montsalvatge, de Falla and others. Tune aficionados will possible be conversant in Manuel de Falla’s pleasant Siete canciones populares españolas. My private favorite is the beautiful “Estrellita” by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce, both sung, or performed on the violin, cello, or guitar. Positively a recital to not be missed.

In anticipation of her arrival in Toronto, I contacted her for an interview by electronic mail.

Ana María Martínez (Photos: Ashkan Roayaee)
Ana María Martínez (Photographs: Ashkan Roayaee)

LvT: We’re wanting ahead to your recital right here in Toronto. I’m curious you probably have sung in Canada earlier than, if that’s the case, the place? Or is that this your first time?

AMM: Sure, years in the past, through the preliminary Andrea Bocelli live performance excursions, I had the pleasure of becoming a member of him in live performance and performing for the fantastic Toronto audiences. I’m thrilled and grateful to make my return to your metropolis to carry out with Craig Terry within the Toronto Summer season Music Pageant.

LvT: I discovered an interview you gave to Eric Peterson if you sang an All-Spanish program on the Philadelphia Chamber Society. It was additionally with pianist Craig Terry. Is your Toronto program the identical one? How do you resolve on what songs to incorporate in your program? I perceive these songs have been a part of your Hispanic cultural heritage, and also you’ve been singing them for a few years. Have your interpretations of those songs modified over time?

AMM: The recital Craig and I’ll current as a part of the TSMF is much like the one which we offered on the Philadelphia Chamber Society. I enormously take pleasure in programming music I’m keen about, and which is a part of my cultural heritage and upbringing. I’ve at all times made this a precedence since my days as a scholar at The Juilliard Faculty. Sharing music I am keen on is a privilege I cherish. I feel interpretations turn into extra profound with time, and with experiences lived and shared.

LvT: In the event you had to decide on a favorite Hispanic track composer, who would it not be? And your favorite track? Please forgive me if that is unanswerable — I do know it’s like asking a mom who’s her favorite little one…

AMM: Selecting a favorite track and composer is, as you identified, very like asking a mom to decide on her favorite little one. I’ll say that I discovered my supply of connection and inspiration for the primary time in my life whereas at Juilliard, once I offered the Manuel de Falla Seven Widespread Spanish Songs. That opened my coronary heart and my thoughts to expressing inside me what I had not but tapped into.

LvT: You aren’t solely a beautiful singer, but additionally a devoted instructor and a terrific advocate for younger artists. What attracts you to educating and the mentoring of younger singers? Are you at the moment a professor of voice at Rice College? How a lot time do you commit to educating versus singing?

AMM: Thanks, I’ve the nice fortune of getting into the function of instructor and mentor whereas nonetheless sustaining an energetic efficiency schedule. I educate on the Shepherd Faculty of Music, at Rice College. Instructing and sharing data, each technical and interpretative, is an incredible pleasure and crucial. There may be an historic data that comes from being energetic within the classical music discipline, which can be vital to share. My goal in life is to discover a stability every day; a work-life stability is important. Embracing my performing, educating, household life is who I’m, and I commit equal energies to all these fantastic facets of my life.

LvT: What do you search for in a voice scholar wanting a profession? What are the qualities obligatory in a younger singer with a purpose to have a profitable profession? What recommendation(s) would you give to a voice scholar who needs to turn into knowledgeable singer?

AMM: I feel the primary and most vital attribute/high quality is the voice itself, the timbre. All different vital traits, such pretty much as good musicianship, a powerful work ethic, interpretative abilities, might be taught and realized. I counsel singers aspiring for knowledgeable profession in classical music to emphasise their self-discipline/construction, concentrate on their targets and to at all times consider in themselves, of their calling. A profession on this artwork type is troublesome and difficult — simply as it’s in any specialised discipline. Laborious work and endurance are the important thing. Hunt down mentors and steering all through one’s vocal and creative growth and profession.

LvT: I heard your Fiordiligi at Santa Fe Opera fairly some years in the past, and I simply observed that you just’ve switched to singing Despina. What are your ideas on making this alteration? Is it a pure development of a profession?

AMM: Mozart is the important thing for therefore many singers, and to sing his music helps each instrument to stay wholesome and vibrant. The thought to start to interpret the function of Despina — a really humorous and witty character — got here from the invitation to painting her at Washington Nationwide Opera. Usually, one sings Despina earlier than singing Fiordiligi. I discover it a present to have the “order” on this case be totally different for me. But in addition, it isn’t uncommon to sing these roles on this order.

LvT: You’ve already had an extended and distinguished profession, however I’m curious if there are nonetheless roles you haven’t sung and stay up for tackling?

AMM: There are at all times roles I dream of incarnating. All through my profession I’ve taken on roles which have taken many without warning, as in not a logical selection for my voice sort, and I really like doing issues this fashion. I’m at all times open to one thing stunning and new.

LvT: Thanks a lot. Secure travels to Toronto, and we stay up for your masterclass and recital.


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