Ana Maria Martinez, Mercury, Valentine's Day, Love Songs
In fact Ms Martinez has toured with Placido Domingo many times, visiting major cities all across the map, including major music festivals in Europe, a gala celebration of the tenor's birthday and a White House appearance. No limit to collaborations and expansive touring: she has appeared internationally with another famous tenor, Andrea Bocelli, including two special performances released on DVD.
As a graduate of the Juilliard School with both bachelor's and master's degrees Ms Martinez is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Pepita Embil Award at the 1995 Operalia II and first prize in the 1994 Eleanor McCollum Auditions. In the 1993 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions she was a first place district and first place regional winner and a national finalist. She has been recognized as a leader in many ways, recently honored by Best Buy and HP as a Latina Trailblazer.
In true leadership form and as a recognized role model Ms Martinez has written and has been the subject of inspirational writing. She mentors and assists aspiring vocalists through her column in the magazine Classical Singer. She is featured in a chapter in the book "Latino Wisdom: Celebrity Stories of Hope, Inspiration, and Success to Recharge our Mind, Body, and Soul" authored by Cathy Areu and published by Barricade Books. Celebrity, ?? mentor, outstanding vocalist honored in Houston and accomplished around the globe - and welcomed again tonight to a Houston stage. (Ana's Bio by Tim Howard)