Joann Martinson Davis
Not the sort of chirping soubrette often heard in the rôle, Martinson Davis was a gratifyingly full-voiced Gretel who encountered no problems with the girl’s top notes and trills. Martinson Davis’s Gretel joyously greeted the morning after a harrowing night in the forest with a sensational top D. Many of the world’s opera companies regularly stage Hänsel und Gretel, but few of them offer their audiences Hänsels and Gretels as captivating as Greensboro’s (Voix des Arts). Appearing with Greensboro Opera, Western Plains Opera, Louisiana Opera, and Emerald City Opera, and Opera Louisiáne, Joann’s opera roles include Norina, Yum-Yum, Violetta, Adele, Le Feu (L'enfant et les Sortilèges), Monica, Gretel, Lola, Mabel, The Fairy Godmother and Frasquita. In concert, Joann has performed as a soloist in Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Händel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi Gloria, Saint-Säens Christmas Oratorio, Bach's St. John Passion, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. Such concerts have been with the Minot Symphony, Vermont Philharmonic, Coeur d'Alene, Symphony in the Valley, UNCG Symphony and Lynchburg Chamber Orchestras. She is also an annual performer with the New Music on the Bayou Festival in Louisiana. She received her BA in Music Performance from Minot (ND) State University and MM from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Joann currently lives in Ruston, LA with her husband where she is a group fitness instructor at Louisiana Tech University.