Nelson D. Martinez


Nelson Martinez, the wild card, may not be much of an actor, but the pitch-perfect voice boomed forth and his Germont went, correctly, from bully to sympathetic. He’d previously sung only at the Met as Monterone; one hopes this garners him leading roles. The world can use a new, fine baritone. — Robert Levine

In a costume of gold and black, Nelson Martinez was a regal Lord Enrico Ashton. Martinez's dark baritone elegantly spun the bel canto lines and he managed to bring some sympathy to Lucia's conniving brother, avoiding villainous clichés.
— South Florida Classical Review

She got solid support from Nelson Martinez, as Riccardo, whose opera-opening aria was also a genuine pleasure to hear. — News Sentinel


Cuban-American Baritone Nelson Martinez, began his operatic career at the young age of 19 singing to great praise and critical acclaim throughout opera houses around the world, with a variety of Italian and French Operas, as well as Cuban and Spanish Zarzuelas. Mr. Martinez’ voice is that of a high dramatic Verdian baritone, combining elegant legato with insightful musicality. He has a commanding and dominating stage presence.

Mr. Martinez joined the Metropolitan Opera’s roster in 2016 covering Count di Luna in The Met’s production of Il trovatore and returned in 2017 singing the role of Monterone in Rigoletto and Giorgio Germont in La traviata to great reviews.

Critics described Mr. Martinez as “the real deal, his voice is huge, his presence powerful, and when necessary, scaled down for moments of sensitivity and pathos. The sweetness that is essential for the father-daughter duets is mesmerizing. This is a true Verdi baritone”, for his performance of Nabucco in Nabucco with Florida Grand Opera. In the 2013-14 season Mr. Martinez made his debut with the Greek National Opera in the title role of Rigoletto in Rigoletto, Nabucco in Nabucco with the Florida Grand Opera and Falstaff in Falstaff with the Theatro Municipal de Sao Paolo.

Mr. Martinez has also performed with such opera companies as, The Metropolitan Opera, Greek National Opera, Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo, Winter Opera St. Louis, Opera Carolina, Knoxville Opera, Miami Lyric Opera, Metro Lyric Opera of New Jersey, Baltimore Opera, Sociedad Pro Arte Gratelli of Miami among others.

Mr. Martinez began his vocal studies in Cuba under the direction of Mr. Raul Camayd and later with Nayade Proenza.

Future engagements include Conte di Luna in Il trovatore and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Metropolitan Opera.

Mr. Martinez resides in Miami, FL where he studies with Hilda del Castillo.

Prolirica de Antioquia
Medellin, Colombia
August 31st, September 1st, 2017
Iago in Otello

October 14, November 2, 5, 8 and 11, 2017
Nabucco (cover) in Nabucco with LA Opera

January-February 2018
Conte di Luna(cover) in Il trovatore with the Metropolitan Opera

April-May 2018
Enrico(cover) in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Metroplitan Opera


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