February 14, 2024
7:00 pm
Jewett Auditorium, C of I
$15, $20, $30 Adult | $8, $10, $15 Child

Join Caldwell Fine Arts for an evening of beloved opera and art songs!

Hailed by the Washington Post for her “piercing, muscular soprano,” Shaina made a mark on the world of opera by winning competitions such as Lyra New York International Art Song Competition (2022), Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Voice Award (DC Chapter) (2022), SAS Performing Arts Vocal Competition (2022), National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition (2021), Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition (2019), Russell C. Wonderlic Competition (2019), and Talents of the World International Competition (2019). She was also a semifinalist in the 2021 Met Council Auditions, 2022 Elizabeth Connell Prize, and 2023 Concert Artist Guild Competition.

Ms. Martinez shines in some of the most challenging roles in opera, including Violetta (La Traviata) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with West Bay Opera; Giannetta (L’Elisir d’Amore) with Opera Maine; Violetta (La Traviata), Susannah (Susannah) and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with Lighthouse Opera Company; the title role in Viardot’s Cendrillon with City Lyric Opera; Violetta (La Traviata) with MassOpera; Cio Cio San and Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni/cover) with Florida Grand Opera; Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) and Saffi (Der Zigeunerbaron) with Manhattan School of Music; Salud (La Vida Breve) with The In Series, and Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte) with the Siena Music Festival.

Ms. Martinez also has a love for art song, expressed in her performances in the Opera America Emerging Artist Recital with Craig Rutenberg, and her performance of Joaquin Turina’s Poema en forma de canciones with the MSM Philharmonia, under the baton of Perry So. As the NFMC Vocal Young Artist Winner, she has also completed 2 years of concert engagements across the country, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. Apprenticeships include Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, Grant Park Music Festival’s Project Inclusion Fellowship, The Thirteen Vocal Fellowship, and Florida Grand Opera. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Upcoming 2024 engagements include company debuts with Vero Beach Opera as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and with Tulsa Opera as Annina and Violetta/cover (La Traviata) as a Filstrup Resident Artist.

Her Love is in the Air program features some of the most beloved opera and art songs, centered around the theme of love.