Carlos & Olesia in 'Roses & Daggers'
Carlos as Lancelot in Camelot
Lancelot and Guenevere
Carlos Vela-Martinez
Carlos & Olesia in 'Roses & Daggers'
Carlos as Danilo in The Merry Widow
Carlos as Danilo in The Merry Widow
Carlos in the Opera Ensemble
Danilo and Hanna in The Merry Widow
Carlos Vela-Martinez & Cassandra Szabo - 5
Carmen is apprehended
Carlos and Tony

Singing & Acting

This hilarious farce at Vancouver's Metro Theatre featured Carlos in the dual roles of Tito and Beppo. Multiple fast-changes and singing The Brindisi from La Traviata were highlights for Carlos!

Carlos performed with soprano Olesia Shewchuk and pianist Stella Hadjineophytou in Roses & Daggers. Two concerts featuring incredibly diverse performances of duets & vignettes from favourite musicals, operettas and operas. This was the first production by Carlos and Olesia's Vibrant House Productions. Stay tuned for more!

Carlos played Lancelot - speaking and singing with a French accent! - in Camelot for Deep Cove Stage.


Prior to that, he portrayed the mysterious and charming bandit El Gallo in Stage 43's production of The Fantasticks.

His vocal jazz background - and newly found Tap Dancing skills! - were on display as a Quartet Sailor in the Royal City Musical Theatre production of Cole Porter's Anything Goes.

Carlos sang selections from West Side Story, The Merry Widow, Camelot with several members of the North Shore Light Opera at the Kitsilano Showboat. A beautiful evening for an outdoor concert!

Of Carlos’ performance as Danilo in The Merry Widow (North Shore Light Opera Society), Opera Canada notes  “Vela-Martinez has the perfect light baritone for the role [of Danilo], as well as the requisite acting ability for every mood and situation. …the dancing through the show was outstanding, with Vela-Martinez and [Olesia] Shewchuk capturing audience hearts with their final waltz number.”

As a member of the VSO School of Music’s Opera Ensemble, he developed scenes from various operas in a workshop environment. His performance highlights included scenes from Bizet’s Carmen with Olesia Shewchuk as Carmen and Carlos as Don Jose and the Love Duet from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Diana Walsh.