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Martile Rowland

Opera Theatre of the Rockies Founder/Artistic Director Martile Rowland was catapulted into the international opera scene with her unexpected debut (6 hours notice) as Queen Elizabeth in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux with Opera Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall. In the reviews that followed, Martile was praised for her agility, legato line, and high pianissimo by the New York Times and was compared to Monserrat Caballe, Joan Sutherland, and Maria Callas by Peter G. Davis of New York Magazine. Four months later, Martile made an equally acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut to assume the fiendishly difficult role of Elvira for Act II of Bellini’s I Puritani. Martin Bookspan’s review hailed her as the successor to Dame Joan Sutherland. During the years that followed, Martile has sung in the world’s leading opera houses to rave reviews including returns to the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Opera de Nice, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Rio de Janeiro’s National Theatre, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Paris’ Bastille, Frankfurt Opera, Stuttgart Opera, and numerous seasons in leading European and American opera houses. She also returned to Carnegie Hall as leading heroine in seven other productions. For her appearance in Poliuto, Dame Joan Sutherland was in the audience. We are fortunate as a community to have Martile in Colorado Springs, where she dedicates her energies to her private voice studio. Her high standards and stunning results earned her Classical Singer Magazine’s Teacher of the Year award in 2006. Her efforts as Founder/Artistic Director of Opera Theatre of the Rockies afford her the opportunity to focus on the award-winning Opera Theatre Goes to School program, outreach performed by the Young Artists Outreach Ensemble and collaboration with the Pikes Peak Opera League. Opera Theatre is known for its long-standing partnerships with many community arts organizations. Martile is also Artist in Residence at Colorado College and appreciates her collaboration with her Music Department colleagues. She makes her home in Colorado Springs.

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