Nelson D. Martinez
In this role, Nelson Martinez's Rigoletto was both a dramatic and vocal joy. Martinez's rich, golden baritone was solid and velvety. His character's disfigured ample stature was a perfect dramatic counterpoint to the tenderness he shows toward Gilda, the daughter he is driven to protect.
— Alan Sherrod
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
Born in Cuba, Nelson began his Operatic career at the young age of 19 singing to great praise and critical success throughout opera houses around the world, a variety of Italian and French Operas as well as Cuban and Spanish Zarzuelas.
Nelson's voice is that of a high dramatic Verdian baritone, combining elegant legato with insightful musicality. He has a commanding and dominating stage presence.
In 2001, Nelson moved to the United States where he has continued his Operatic career performing with such Opera Companies as, North Carolina Opera, Knoxville Opera, Miami Lyric Opera, Metro Lyric Opera of New Jersey, Baltimore Opera, Sociedad Pro Arte Gratelli of Miami among others.
Mr. Martinez's appearances have taken him to opera houses in Spain, France, China, Russia, Korea, Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala.
Mr. Martinez began his vocal studies in Cuba under the direction of Mr. Raul Camayd and later with Nayade Proenza.
In 2012, Mr. Martinez performed Verdi's Rigoletto with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. He also performed the role in Paris, France at the Andre Malraux and Alexander Dumas theaters.
Other performances this year included Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana with the Vero Beach Opera.
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