CONDUCTOR | COACH | PIANIST
American conductor Cody Martin was recently named Music Director at Pensacola Opera, where he was previously the Director of Education and Director of the Artists in Residence Program since 2017. During the 2023-24 season, he leads a production of Lucia di Lammermoor and serves as associate conductor and chorus director for Die Fledermaus, in addition to continuing his work with the company's nationally respected Jan Miller Studio Artist Program. He also appears as guest conductor for Florida State Opera's The Cunning Little Vixen. Recent seasons have seen Cody leading productions of Carousel, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, As One, Florencia en el Amazonas, Man of La Mancha and María de Buenos Aires in Pensacola, in addition to various concert appearances. He made his debut with Fargo-Moorhead Opera conducting Jake Heggie's Three Decembers in 2019.
Cody was on the music staff of Des Moines Metro Opera for three seasons, most recently serving as associate conductor for Rusalka. He previously worked on productions of A Little Night Music, Orphée et Eurydice, and Falstaff in Des Moines. He was also on the music staff at Arizona Opera for two seasons, working most recently on productions of Rusalka, Madama Butterfly, Riders of the Purple Sage (world premiere), and La Cenerentola. Other companies Cody has enjoyed working with include Opera Birmingham, Virginia Opera, and the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center.
An avid proponent of new opera, Martin has worked on multiple premieres, including Arizona Opera’s first world premiere, Craig Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage, with a libretto by Steven Mark Kohn; two workshops of The Copper Queen by Clint Borzoni, with a libretto by John de los Santos; a 2014 workshop of Robert
Aldridge’s Sister Carrie, and the world premiere of Michael Ching’s Speed Dating Tonight! at Brevard Music Center.
Cody holds degrees from Murray State University and Florida State University. He lives in Pensacola with his former shelter dog, Rosina, a corgi/dachshund mix (@rosinathelongdog).
Look & Listen
In addition to being insightful, intuitive, and clear, Cody's greatest and most unique gift is his ability to be so utterly present with both orchestra and singers—and in such a way that feels natural, unforced, and absolutely in sync. He leads from the podium with confidence and poise, bringing out the best from all; and he does it with kindness, collegiality, and ease.
Robert Wesley Mason
Working with Cody Martin is always such an exciting and supportive experience. We've tackled works as difficult as contemporary American opera repertoire, to Verdi, to Golden Age Musicals and beyond. His ear for detail and expression are of the highest order and his command of ensembles, from quartets to full orchestra, is stirring. I always look forward to our collaborations; a true singer's conductor.
Luis Alejandro Orozco
I have had the joy and sincere pleasure of working with Cody Martin in both the coaching room and on the stage. His musicality shines through in both settings. Cody is not only a clear, musical, and collaborative conductor; he is also a calming and joyful presence in any rehearsal room.
Cody is not only a thoughtful conductor, deeply in tune with the musicians around him, but he is also a collaborator musicians are excited to work with. His passion for every project is revealed by his commitment to greatness and bringing out the best in everyone around him.
Management contact: Bob Quintana