Native North Dakotan soprano and highly respected local pedagogue, Joann Martinson, infused Act Two with a potent dose of gypsy grit…She sang dashingly in Act Three, not least in the card-reading Trio, in which [her] refrains…first established the playful mood of the scene and later sought to reclaim it after Carmen’s fateful turn with the cards. Martinson’s radiant top B flats and Cs in ensembles were matched by Foley Davis’s excursions into her dark-chocolate low register. Martinson [is a] significant talent, and [her] performance significantly boosted the already-high benchmark of this Carmen.
Her opera roles include Barbarina, Norina, Yum-Yum, Violetta, Adele, Le Feu (L’enfant et les Sortilèges), Monica, Gretel, Lola, Mabel, The Fairy Godmother (Cendrillon) and Frasquita. Joann has performed on the concert stage in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Händel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, Saint-Säens Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Bach’s St. John Passion and Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. Such concerts have been with the Minot Symphony, Vermont Philharmonic, Coeur d’Alene, Symphony in the Valley, UNCG Symphony and Lynchburg Chamber Orchestras.
Ms. Martinson’s awards include “Audience Favorite” and the Puccini Award with the Orpheus Competition, the Orchestral Performance Award with the Bel Canto Institute, along with awards from the Coeur d’Alene Young Artist, Symphony in the Valley, Long Leaf Opera, The American Prize, and Heafner/Williams Competitions and a finalist in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Competition.
She received her B.A. in Music Performance from Minot (ND) State University under Dr. DeVera Bowles and her Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro under Dr. Robert Bracey. Joann is Adjunct Instructor of Voice at Greensboro College and High Point University.