Shaina Martinez, has been hailed by the Washington Post for her “piercing, muscular soprano”. She has performed Violetta (La Traviata), Susannah (Susannah) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with Lighthouse Opera Company, Cio Cio San and Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) with Florida Grand Opera, Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) and Saffi (Der Zigeunerbaron) with Manhattan School of Music, Salud (La Vida Breve) with The In Series, and Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte) and Prince Charmant (Cendrillon) with the Siena Music Festival. As an active competitor she has received 1st place from the 2019 Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition, 2019 Russell C. Wonderlic Competition, and 2019 Talents of the World International Competition; 2nd place from the 2019 Opera NEO Voice Competition and MIOpera Vocal Competition; and 3rd place from the Washington International Competition, the XXI Concurso Internacional de Canto Lirico, and Alan M. & Joan Taub Ades Competition. Ms. Martinez also has a love for art song which has been expressed in her performances in the Opera America Emerging Artist Recital with Craig Rutenberg, and her performance of Joaquin Turina’s Poema en forma de canciones with the MSM Philharmonia, under the baton of Perry So. She also has a special interest in nonstandard Latin American repertoire which she has performed in several NYC concert venues. Young Artist Programs include: Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance (2015), Grant Park Music Festival’s Project Inclusion Fellowship (2019), and Florida Grand Opera (2019-2021). She is also an avid choral singer and maintains a soprano position at Calvary St. George in NYC. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland and a Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music. She was a 2021 Met Council semifinalist and upcoming engagements include Giannetta and Adina (cover) with Opera Maine in July 2021 and Violetta in Mass Opera’s production of La Traviata in October 2021.
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