In its first major public appearance, the new North Carolina Opera offers a magical evening of opera and Broadway classics under the stars. The brilliant young maestro Timothy Myers leads three singing sensations of the world opera stage and a full orchestra in the art-filled woodland setting of the North Carolina Museum of Art. Enjoy your favorite arias, duets, and instrumental selections from operas of Puccini, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, and others. The program will be seasoned with passionate songs from the Spanish zarzuela tradition and rousing hits from America’s Great White Way.
Soprano Sandra Lopez is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She was previously a winner of the Palm Beach Opera Competition, a National Finalist in the McAllister Awards, and was an Educational Grant Recipient with The George London Foundation. In 1998 she was the Grand Prize winner in the College Division of the Florida Grand Opera Competition. She appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Catherine in the Metropolitan premier of William Bolcum’s opera A View from the Bridge. Ms. Lopez has performed roles which include Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Mimi in La Boheme, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Marguerite in Faust, Micaela in Carmen, Violetta in La Traviata, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with companies that include Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Nashville Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Berkshire Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, PORT Opera, Opera North (USA), among others. Ms. Lopez has collaborated with James Levine, Julius Rudel, Fabio Luisi, Yves Abel, Stewart Robertson, Katherine Kelly, Dennis Russell Davies, Donald Runnicles, Stephen Lord, Laurence Gilgore and Steven White, to name a few. This season she has been heard as Micaela with San Antonio Opera and Forth Worth Opera. This year marks her debut with Cincinnati Opera reprising this role. She goes on to perform Tosca with Opera Oviedo in the Fall.
Young Verdian baritone Nelson Martínez began his professional career in Cuba as principal soloist with the Rodrigo Prats Lyric Theater, and later with Cuban National Opera. At Cuban National Opera Nelson performed the main principal roles of the Italian repertory, among them Figaro, Enrico, Germont, Rigoletto, Alfio, Tonio, Silvio and Marcello. In zarzuela, Nelson Martínez has been heard as Mario, Vidal. Germán, Joaquín, J. de Eguía, Juan Pedro, Juan en Los Gavilanes, Lázaro in El Cafetal, José Dolores Pimienta in Cecilia Valdés, and José Inocente in María la O.
Abroad Nelson Martinez has been heard in opera and concert in Russia, Korea, China, France, Portugal and Spain on tour with the National Cuban Opera. He also appeared in Bogotá and Mexico City.
Nelson Martínez has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, among them the Grand Prize in the Ernesto Lecuona International Competition for Young Singers, and the Grand Prize in the Fourth National Rodrigo Prats in-memoriam Competition in Havana. He was also a winner in the Belle Voci Competition in Eugene, Oregon in 2004.
In the United States, Nelson Martinez has been heard as Figaro and Rigoletto with Miami Lyric Opera and with Sociedad Pro Arte Grateli, the leading zarzuela company in the United States, as Juan Pedro in la Rosa del Azafrán. In the summer of 2008 he sang Escamillo with Metro Lyric conducted by Maestro Anton Coppola. In September he appeared with Opera Company of North Carolina as Tonio in I Pagliacci. In December 2008 he participated in a gala concert with the MIami Concert Association at the Carnival Center. The title role in Rigoletto followed with Knoxville Opera in February 2009 and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor in 2010. IN April 2009, Nelson appeared with Teatro Grattacielo at Lincon Center Avery Fisher Hall in the role of Il Capitano in Mascgni’s IL Piccolo Marat. In March 2010 he performed Rigoletto in Baltimore and Naples, Fl.
Tickets may be purchased in person at the Museum Box Office, by calling (919) 715-5923, or online,
Ticket prices -$15-$40
Opera in the Park
June 12, 2010 8 PM
NC Museum of Art
Arts in the Museum Park Concert Series
Opera About Town – Opera, Broadway and Zarzuela in the Museum Park
Sandra Lopez, Soprano; Nelson Martinez, Baritone; Todd Robinson, Bass
Timothy Myers, Conductor