Barbara Ann Martin graduated from the Juilliard School in New York after completing both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Voice and Opera Theater. Some of her mentors were also individuals that she studied with, including Florence Page Kimball, Alice Howland, Antonia Lavanne, Cornelius Reid, James Carson, and Susan Charles.
Martin has a passion and natural talent for voice, but specializes in classical and music theater voice training.
Her achievements stem far and wide, as she has performed all
throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and made appearances
at various music festivals such as Aspen, Boulder, Ravinia, Caramoor,
Huddersfield, Adelaide, and Salzburg. In addition to this, she was
an apprentice at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the Central
City opera Company in Colorado.
She has sung composer George Crumb's master-work,
"Ancient Voices of Children" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,
the Berlin and New York Philharmonics, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra,
the Maggio Musicale, the Montreal Symphony, and the Israel Philharmonic
to critical acclaim (as well as the recording shown below).
She has had several opera appearances, which include the Metropolitan,
Chicago, Central City, New Jersey State, and Minnesota Operas. Several
of Martin's recordings feature works by Dominick Argento, Milton Babbitt, Crumb,
Augusta Read Thomas,
and Chinary Ung. She is also the featured soloist with James Freeman
and Orchestra 2001 on the 2010 Grammy-Nominated CD, "A Journey Beyond
Time and The Winds of Destiny" [shown below].
Martin has also been a guest professor and Artist-in-Residence
at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg and the
Royal Danish and Odense Conservatories in Denmark. She has served
on the faculties of Bennington College, CUNY at Brooklyn and is currently
Voice Department Chair at the Music Institute of Chicago. As an audio
book narrator, her work is featured on Amazon.com, and Audible.com. She
is also a member of NARAS (Grammys), and is an active member of SAG/AFTRA,
serving on the Singers and Audio Book Committees in Chicago.
== Names which are links in this box and below refer to my interviews elsewhere on my website. BD
© 1998 Bruce Duffie
This conversation was recorded in Chicago on February 22, 1998. Portions were broadcast on WNIB two days later, and again in 2000. This transcription was made in 2020, and posted on this website at that time.
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Award - winning broadcaster Bruce Duffie was with WNIB, Classical 97 in Chicago from 1975 until its final moment as a classical station in February of 2001. His interviews have also appeared in various magazines and journals since 1980, and he now continues his broadcast series on WNUR-FM, as well as on Contemporary Classical Internet Radio.You are invited to visit his website for more information about his work, including selected transcripts of other interviews, plus a full list of his guests. He would also like to call your attention to the photos and information about his grandfather, who was a pioneer in the automotive field more than a century ago. You may also send him E-Mail with comments, questions and suggestions.