Jesse Martins is currently the Music Director of Sarasota Opera’s Youth Opera Program working under the guidance of Artistic Director Maestro Victor DeRenzi. He joined the company in 2011 and has served as Youth Chorus Master for Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s Turandot and La Bohème, Verdi’s Otello, and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. In 2012, was the Associate Conductor in the world premiere production of Daron A. Hagen’s Little Nemo in Slumberland.
Since his conducting debut with the youth opera in 2013 with Britten's The Little Sweep, Maestro Martins has conducted all of their productions including Dean Burry's The Hobbit (2014), Hans Krasa's Brundibar (2015), the U.S. premiere of Dean Burry's The Secret World of Og (2016), and the world premiere of Rachel J. Peters' Rootabaga Country (2018).
As part of Sarasota Opera’s music staff, Maestro Martins served as understudy conductor for Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (2014), Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (2015), Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri (2017), and Eugene D'Albert's Tiefland (2018).
During the Sarasota Opera 2018-2019 season Maestro Martins will be conducting Britten's Little Sweep with the youth company, and make his professional conducting debut with Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.
Martins has dedicated much of his professional career working as a pianist in his home country Brazil, New Zealand, England, and the United States. He holds a Master of Arts in Collaborative Piano from Mansfield University (PA), and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil).
While a Graduate Assistant at Mansfield University, Mr. Martins was involved in many projects such as Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Richard Strauss’ Melodramas for piano and narrator, George Crumb’s 11 Echoes of Autumn, George Flynn’s Chicago Mood, and the Recital Winds & Strings Sweep into the 20th Century as part of the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival (NY). He also traveled with the University's Concert Choir to the UK, and the Eisteddfod competition in Wales.
Since relocating to Sarasota, Mr. Martins has kept a presence outside the opera house by collaborating with other artists in recitals throughout the community, including multiple concerts with ensemblenewSRQ.
Prior to his graduate studies Mr. Martins was the Assistant Music Director and Program Manager for the Opera Factory Theater (Auckland, New Zealand) – a training center for young singers where he performed the roles of Assistant Coach on David Griffiths’ The Three Franks, Phillip Norman’s A Factory Opera and Pleasure Garden, Rod Biss’ Marriage a la mode, Menotti’s The Consul, Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, Bizet’s Doctor Miracle; and Music Director on Krasa’s Brundibar, Britten’s Albert Herring, Arthur Benjamin’s Prima Donna, Menotti’s The boy who grew too fast and The Telephone, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Arne’s Thomas and Sally, and Mozart’s The Impresario. While in New Zealand Mr. Martins had the chance to work with world renowned soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, British Maestro Sir Andrew Davis, and chorus repetiteur for NBR NZ Opera’s Jenůfa by Leoš Janáček.
LOST LANDSCAPES (ensemblenewsrq)
Helen Grime's Snow and Snow / Einojuhani Rautavaara's Lost Landscapes
ensembleNewSRQ - First Congregational Church - 9/18
ROOTABAGA COUNTRY (world premiere)
A Children's Opera in One Act
Music and Libretto by Rachel J. Peters
Sarasota Youth Opera - William E. Schmidt Opera Theater - 11/11 & 11/12
Sarasota opera's winter festival
Youth Chorus Master - CARMEN (Bizet)
Understudy Conductor - TIEFLAND (Eugene D'Albert)
Sarasota Opera - William E. Schmidt Opera Theater
walt matzke's four pianos
The Palladium - St. Petersburg - 2/11
YOUTH OPERA IN CONCERT
The ensembles from the Sarasota Youth Opera performing from the operatic repertoire.
Saturday 4/14 @ 11am - Selby Public Library - Downtown, Sarasota
Friday 4/27 @ 7pm - Freedom Village, Bradenton
Sunday 4/22 @ 6pm - Music at St. Boniface Series - St. Boniface Episcopal Church - Siesta Key
spring showcase (Sarasota BALLET)
Featuring performances from The Sarasota Ballet's Studio Company, The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory, The Sarasota Youth Opera and the Sarasota Music Conservatory!
Sunday 4/29 @ 7pm - www.sarasotaballet.org
RECITAL: VIOLIN AND PIANO
Giordano Scarano, violin - works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schumann.
Sunday 4/8 @ 4pm - Christ Episcopal Church, Bradenton FL
Sunday 5/6 @ 4pm - St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Siesta Key FL
Wednesday 5/23 @ 7pm - Braden River High School, Bradenton FL
A STRADIVARIUS AND A STEINWAY
RECITAL: VIOLONCELLO and PIANO
Cameron Crozman, cello - works by Chopin, Delius, Beethoven, others
Wednesday 4/11 - Steinwalchs
Recital: voice and piano
Natalie Almeter, soprano - works by Verdi, Mascagni, Strauss, Wolf, Argento, Debusy, others
Friday 4/20 @ 7pm & Sunday 4/22 @ 2pm - St. Joseph Church, Bradenton FL
SARASOTA YOUTH OPERA's SUMMER CAMP
Music Director, Chorus Instructor
Summer camp is a three-week, hands-on workshop held at the Sarasota Opera House every June that immerses young people in all aspects of opera.
June 11 through 29 - Sarasota Opera
THE LITTLE SWEEP
With original Prologue by Martha Collins, arranged by Jesse Martins
Sarasota Youth Opera - William E. Schmidt Opera Theater - 11/3 & 11/4
SARASOTA OPERA'S WINTER FESTIVAL
Sarasota Opera - William E. Schmidt Opera Theater - 2/16-3/23