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Ana María Martínez (born 1971) is a Puerto Rican-American soprano.
Martínez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico; she is the daughter of Puerto Rican opera singer Evangelína Colón and Cuban psychoanalyst Ángel Martínez. Martínez' grandparents originated in Spain and France, and migrated to the Caribbean islands. Martínez grew up with a strict Catholic upbringing. She briefly attended the Boston Conservatory as a musical theater major, but dropped out and later received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the Juilliard School.
Martínez met tenor Chad Shelton in 2000; they married and had one son. They divorced about seven years later.
On March 11, 2016, Martínez sang Ave María and Pie Jesu Requiem during the private funeral services of First Lady Nancy Reagan. The services were meticulously planned and speakers and performers chosen by Mrs. Reagan herself.
Martínez has won prizes including the Pepita Embil Award, Operalia, and first prize at the Eleanor McCollum Awards. She won a Latin Grammy in 2001 for Classical Album for Isaac Albéniz's Merlin with Carlos Álvarez, Plácido Domingo, Jane Henschel and conductor José de Eusebio with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid.Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments