B i o g r a p h y
Alejandra Villarreal Martinez specializes in Spanish and Latin American music as well as late-Romantic and Modern works. She was recently honored by the National Society of Arts and Letters as the 1st place winner in the Bloomington, Indiana Chapter, and was a finalist for the Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship at the Jacobs School of Music. At the Cleveland Institute of Music she was the first recipient of the Elly Ameling Award for Excellence in Recital Performance. Additional accolades include 1st Place Advanced Women at Buckeye NATS and the Carol and Peter Polk Music Award.
Favorite opera credits include Margarita Xirgu (Ainadamar), Cristi Kahlo (Frida) and Branghein (The Love Potion) with the Long Beach Opera, La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Salud (La vida breve), and Lady Billows (Albert Herring). She looks forward to reprising the role of Cristi Kahlo at Anchorage Opera's production of Frida in 2020. Her concert credits include performances at the National Council de la Raza, singing as a guest artist with the Purdue University Orchestra, collaboration with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana Wind Symphony, and repeat engagements with the Cleveland One World Festival. She was a soloist in the St. Luke Passion by Krzysztof Penderecki under the direction of the composer himself at the IU Musical Arts Center in 2017.
Dedicated to furthering opera outreach and education, Ms. Martinez is the brainchild and host of her original podcast, the Opera Avengers, which she produced through the Great Lakes Light Opera (GLLO). She also created the original children's pastiche opera, Alice in Operaland, successfully produced by GLLO in 2015. Having served as GLLO's Director of Community Outreach, Ms. Martinez remains a member of the rapidly expanding non-profit company. Additionally she has served as the Production Manager for local Bloomington outreach group, Reimagining Opera for Kids. Previous experience with arts administration includes serving as President and Fundraising Officer for the Stanford Savoyards, a student-run light opera company at Stanford University. Ms. Martinez is looking forward to being part of the leadership team of New Voices Opera this year.
Ms. Martinez's commitment to contemporary opera is demonstrated by the libretti she has written, especially those honoring the Latin American experience. She was part of a team that received the prestigious Opera American Female Composers Discovery Grant. Her idea for a story based on the lives of soldaderas in the Mexican Revolution, La Capitana, led her to win IU's Innovation Competition in 2017. Her latest project, La Gloria will be a collaboration with her co-librettist and friend Nancy De Los Santos and composer David Reyes.
A dedicated scholar, Ms. Martinez is pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Jacobs School of Music and holds a Professional Studies Certificate from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. She has extensively studied music abroad; under the guidance of Dr. Michael Burden, Dean of New College, Oxford University, she authored a collection of musicological essays on Handel’s operas. Later, she would focus on performance and interpretation of German Lieder at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and again at the University of Miami's program in Salzburg.
Ms. Martinez is a native of Southern California, currently residing in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband, baritone Nicholas James Farmer.
She currently studies with Jane Dutton.