Martha Lopez is a lyric-coloratura soprano, performer, educator and versatile musician. A native of New Jersey, she began her musical training at the age of 6. First trained as a classical pianist, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Stetson University in 1997. After beginning her career in music education, she shifted her focus to classical singing and earned her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2006 at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Martha’s continued study has taken her to New York for several years. Shirlee Emmons was one of Martha’s major teachers. She currently studies with soprano Rosa Vento.
Martha has been heard in recitals, concerts and opera in Florida, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin. Martha is an avid art song enthusiast and enjoys presenting exciting recitals in both traditional and non-traditional formats. While she feels at home on the stage, she enjoys taking the classical art form into new venues, most recently performing art song recitals live, broadcast over the Internet. Through this new performance vehicle, Martha attracted a worldwide audience, reaching viewers across the United States and in countries such as Argentina, Thailand, Germany and Slovenia.
Martha has appeared as a guest artist with the Sarasota Pops Orchestra, North Port Symphony and Saint Petersburg Opera. In 2013, Martha released her debut album, Encanto: Art Songs of Spain and Latin America. The recording is a collection of twenty-three art songs from Spain, Argentina and Cuba featuring the works of Joaquín Turina, Xavier Montsalvatge, Carlos Guastavino, Manuel de Falla, Alberto Ginastera, Fernando Obradors and Ernesto Lecuona. Music critic Celeste Mann wrote, “the clear soprano rings like a bell, highlighting the heartfelt sincerity of this repertoire.” November 2014 brought the release of Martha’s second album with pianist Lurray Myers, titled Seven Sacred Songs. Martha and Lurray’s latest project is a collection of seven sweet and peaceful classical and popular Christmas songs from around the world titled It’s for You…for Christmas! The recording was released in late November 2016.
Martha serves on the music faculty at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, where she teaches Applied Voice lessons to both music majors and non-majors, Class Voice and Music Appreciation. Martha is also the Director of Music at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Community in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, where she directs Chorus Angelicus, the Adult Choir, and serves as organist.