Highly praised for her warm quality of voice and unique timbre, soprano Larisa Martínez was a winner of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition PR district, where she also received the Angel Ramos Foundation Award and the Audience Prize. She studied at the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, all the while earning a Bachelor’s degree with high honors in Environmental Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico. She holds a Master’s degree from Mannes the New School for Music.
Martínez made her operatic debut in 2010 as Luisa Fernanda in the eponymous zarzuela, presented at the Centro de Belles Artes de Puerto Rico. In New York, she has sung for LoftOpera as Musetta in La Bohème and Bare Opera as Rosario in Granados’ Goyescas and as Fire/Rossignol in L’enfant et les Sortilèges. In Italy, she created the role of Isaura in Mercadante’s Francesca da Rimini, conducted by Metropolitan Opera Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi.
An avid recitalist with a passion for art song and theater, Martínez has been showcased at the American Songbook, Lyric Chamber Music Society, and Music Talks Series in New York; the Savannah Voice Festival in Georgia; and the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan, as well as at L’Art du Chant Français in France and the Franz Schubert Society in Austria. As a crossover artist, she can be seen on the Christmas special Joshua Bell and Friends and on the Live from Lincoln Center “Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba” PBS broadcast.
Martínez is a proud artistic resident of Turnaround Arts, a philanthropic organization led by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for the advancement of arts education, through which she traveled to Cuba as part of the artistic delegation sent by Barack Obama to expand cultural collaboration and bonds of friendship.
Larisa Martínez appears as part of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Vocal Arts Series