RAYMOND MARTINEZ (baritone)
first sang with ABS during our 1998 SummerFest, then continued as a regular member of the American Bach Choir until and including our 25th season two years ago, performing in nearly fifty different programs.
He generously lent his skills as a remarkable artist to ABS when he created a series of watercolors specifically for our 25th Anniversary season, each depicting a particular aspect of that season's repertory including his renderings of London's Foundling Hospital Chapel, and Leipzig's St. Thomas Church.
Raymond began his singing career with the San Francisco Boys Chorus and performed the role of Miles in San Francisco Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's Turn of the Screw. Since then he appeared with ABS, Magnificat, the California Bach Society, Theater of Voices, Baroque Arts Ensemble, San Francisco Renaissance Voice, and the Philharmonia Baroque Chorale. He was a founding member of Chanticleer and sang for many years with the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys and the San Francisco Opera Chorus. As a soloist, Raymond appeared in the world premier of Henry Cowell's Atlantis with the San Francisco Symphony directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, and sang a wide range of other roles from Christus in Bach's Johannes Passion to the title role in P.D.Q. Bach's Oedipus Tex.
A third generation San Franciscan, Raymond had always been captivated by the natural beauty and cultural richness of his native city. Raymond began drawing at age 10. The great bridges, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Legion of Honor and City Hall are among the structures that inspired Raymond's lifelong interest in architecture. He had formal training in painting and drafting, but was largely self-taught. Raymond's meticulous illustrations combine pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil. They can be viewed at a web site devoted to his work: WatercolorsOfTheWorld.com