Hailed by Opera News for displaying “a fine natural tenor that remained sonorous throughout his range….”, Peruvian-born tenor Percy Martinez is known for the power, beauty, and elegance of his singing, as well as a commanding stage presence. His recent debut as Samson earned him critical and popular acclaim for his use of “powerful vocalism to guide the drama”, in which “his diction and legato were exemplary.”
Mr. Martinez has performed leading roles in La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Un Ballo in Maschera, Rigoletto, Aida, La Forza del Destino, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, I Pagliacci, Faust, Idomeneo, and Samson et Dalila. On the concert stage, he has been a featured soloist in Handel’s The Messiah, Ariel Ramirez’ Misa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, in addition to numerous opera galas, benefits, and fundraisers. Upcoming engagements include debuts with the Bronx Symphony Orchestra as Tenor Soloist for Beethoven’s Symphony N. 9, and in the “Music in the Mountains Summer Festival” in Verdi’s glorious Messa da Requiem.
An ardent lover of Latin-American music, especially from his native country Perú, Mr. Martinez often performs piano arrangements of popular songs, such as valses, huaynos and tonderos (Peru), tangos (Argentina), mariachi (México), and zarzuela (Spain).
In the summer of 2005, Mr. Martinez was invited to participate in the prestigious Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program, where he sang the role of Anatol in scenes from Barber’s Vanessa. Before joining Santa Fe Opera, Mr. Martinez was a member of the Apprentice Artist Program at Sarasota Opera, where he covered and sang the role of Federico in Verdi’s Stiffelio, as well as performing scenes from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
Mr. Martinez holds Performance and Teaching Diplomas from the Accademia Internazionale de Canto in Pesaro, Italy, and a Performance Diploma from the Accademia Del Teatro, Cagli, Italy.
Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut , Kathleen Acuff of the Los Altos Town Crier wrote:
“The first happy note came from Martinez, making a strong company debut as Des Grieux. His rich tenor and confident delivery emphasized the foreshadowing in the first word of his opening aria – “Lamor!”. He remained a strong lyrical presence throughout the performance, and was at his best in Acts 3 and 4…” (Los Altos Town Crier)
Percy Martinez, tenor