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


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 joined the Metropolitan Opera’s roster in 2016 covering Count di Luna in The Met’s production of Il trovatore. 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.

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, 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 in 2016 include Count di Luna(cover) in Il trovatore with The Metropolitan Opera, Germont in La Traviata with Opera Naples and Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi and Michele in Il Tabarro with the Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo Mr. Martinez resides in Miami, FL where he studies with Hilda del Castillo.

February 3, 6, 9 and 13th, 2016
Count di Luna (cover) in Il Trovatore
The Metropolitan Opera

March 2016
Opera Naples
Germont in La Traviata

August 2016
Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo
Michele in Il Tabarro
Gianni Schicchi in Gianni Schicchi


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