Brennan Martinez is a mezzo-soprano based in Iowa City, Iowa. She’s been described as “a mezzo-soprano to be watched” (Opera Lively) and sings with “power, authority, and a most intriguing color to her wide-ranging voice” (Classical Voice of North Carolina).
Ms. Martinez is currently a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. In Summer 2021, she was a guest artist at the Bay View Music Festival and performed in various concerts in their summer season. Earlier this year, she returned to the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute as a guest artist for their main stage, live-streamed productions. She performed the roles of Ernesta in Un avvertimento ai gelosi, Adelia in Le inglesi (originally billed as Tangia in Le cinesi. The production is being reimagined in Victorian England), and Babet in Sophie Arnould. In March 2021, she returned to Piedmont Opera to perform the role of Armelinde in Viardot's opera, Cinderella.
In the 2019-2020 season, she made her Piedmont Opera debut as Anna Kennedy in Mary Queen of Scots (Maria Stuarda). Classical Voice of North Carolina described her as “gifted with a rich warm mezzo-soprano voice with excellent diction, and a nimble stage presence.” In March 2020, she covered the role of Tuptim in The King and I at Piedmont Opera. The production was cancelled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. In Summer of 2020, she virtually joined the Bay View Music Festival as a guest artist in their weekly Vespers Concerts.
Ms. Martinez was selected as a professional fellow for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival in 2019. She performed the title role in The Tragedy of Carmen. Big Island Magazine described her as a “sultry mezzo-soprano, expertly navigating several octaves and tempos with a strong sense of self-confidence throughout.”
In 2018, she trained as a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival. She performed the role of Consuelo in West Side Story, with the original Jerome Robbins choreography. She also covered the role of Lapák, the dog, in The Cunning Little Vixen.
Ms. Martinez has trained at several young artist programs including Opera in the Ozarks and the Taos Opera Institute. She performed the role of the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival in 2015. She performed two roles at the Bay View Music Festival in 2016 and 2017, Eva Peron in Evita and the title role in Carmen.
Ms. Martinez holds a Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She studied as a Fletcher Fellow at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute with Dr. Marilyn Taylor. She performed the roles of Charlotte in Werther, Eduige in Rodelinda, and Annio in La clemenza di Tito. She also performed in the children’s outreach operas as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel and Ernesto in The Billy Goats Gruff. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University and studied with Dr. William Nield Christensen. She was one of 16 students selected to be in the closing night ensemble of Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway at the Lunt-Fontaine Theatre in New York City.