Highly praised for her warm quality of voice and unique timbre, soprano Larisa Martínez has established a strong and unique presence in the classical performance world. She made her operatic debut in 2010 as Luisa Fernanda in the eponymous zarzuela at the Centro de Belles Artes de Puerto Rico. In New York, she sang Corinna in Il Viaggio a Reims, Musetta in Loft Opera’s La Bohème, Fire/Rossignol in Bare Opera’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges and Rosario in Bare Opera’s Goyescas. In 2016, Martínez created the role of Isaura in the world premiere of Mercadante’s Francesca da Rimini, conducted by Fabio Luisi in Martina Franca, Italy.
Martínez is a 2016 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition PR district, where she also received the Angel Ramos Foundation Award and Audience Prize. She studied at the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, 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.
As a recitalist, Martínez has been showcased at the American Songbook, Lyric Chamber Music Society, and Music Talks Series in New York; Savannah Voice Festival; Bay View Music Festival; Franz Schubert Society in Austria; and L’Art du Chant Francais. She can also be seen on the Christmas special Joshua Bell and Friends and Live from Lincoln Center Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba.
Martínez is a proud artistic resident of Turnaround Arts, a philanthropic organization for the advancement of arts education.