She counts Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli among her fans. She has a glittering resume with a Juilliard School of Music education, a stint at Houston Grand Opera Studio, and turns in the Abu Dhabi Festival (she sang the role of Mimi in La Boheme, the city's first ever fully staged opera production) and in Daniel Catán's Salsipuedes (she originated the role of Lucero in that world premiere). Oh, and she has a Latin Grammy Award to her credit. Now the lyric soprano returns to Houston for a special Valentine's Day concert, Love Songs with Ana María Martínez. Antoine Plante, artistic director for Mercury (formerly Mercury Baroque), is at the podium for the Handel heavy program with Handel's Cantato Delirio Amoroso, Concerto Grosso Op. 6, #4 and Giulio Cesare in Egitto and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.
Thu., Feb. 14, 8 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 15, 8 p.m., 2013