“A born star who effectively stole the show” is how the press describes American mezzo-soprano ANNA TONNA. Her performances have been depicted as “…full of charm and magnetism with her dark, compact lyric mezzo-soprano”. In the North American premiere of L’Equivoco Stravagante, the Rossini Gessellschaft described her as “a mezzo heroine who knows how to sing Rossini” and by New York Magazine as “showing off her warm, secure mezzo-soprano to maximum advantage.”

She recently bowed in the role of Laura Adorno with both the Brno State Opera in the Czech Republic and the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera. Her upcoming engagements 2017-2018 include the role of Clarina in Rossini’s Il cambiale di Matrimonio for Little Opera Zamora, recitals in Madrid, Italy, Vienna and Lisboa, a Zarzuela concert at the ElbPhilharmonie in Hamburg (Germany). In New York City she will be featured at the Hispanic Society Museum & Library (NYC) and the Americas Society (NYC). As part of the 100th Year Anniversary dedicated to Leonard Bernstein, she bows in the composers Songfest for Maverick Concerts this coming August of 2018.

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    Mezzo Soprano Anna Tonna has been described as mezzo heroine who knows how to sing Rossini by the Rossini Gessellschaft and as showing off her warm, secure mezzo-soprano to maximum advantage by the New York Magazine; accolades such as these explain her constant demand as a recitalist and opera singer in both Europe and the Americas. The combination of a highly developed coloratura with a full, balanced, flexible lower register have guaranteed her acclaim as a lyric mezzo, both in familiar roles Rosina, Carmen, Dorabella, as well as in more rare repertoire by Paisiello, Vivaldi, Mascagni, Zandonai and Giordano.

    Additionally, Ms. Tonna’s passion for and excellence in the recital genre have garnered her increasing acclaim in both the U.S. and Europe, particularly her path breaking explorations of the repertoire of composers from Spain and Latin America.  Ms. Tonna’s recitals are a source of constant expectation and excitement in New York City, where she has performed at both the Alice Tully Hall and Rose Center of Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, Merkin Hall, New York’s Town Hall, Weill Recital Hall.  The same excitement greets her appearances in Spain, with performances at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Gran Teatro de Castellón, as well as the Sala Manuel de Falla at the Palacio de Longorio.

    She has collaborated with Casals Festival of Puerto Rico, Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes in Puerto Rico, Música de Cámara, Festival de Segovia, Joy in Singing, Elysium Between Two Continents and the Nassau Music Festival among others.  Of note amongst the countless  recital of songs are appearances at the Cosmo Club in Washington, D.C., a world premiere of a song cycle by Spanish composer Miquel Ortega with North South Consonance in Manhattan, and performances for the Asociación Rioja Lírica in Logroño (Spain), Atheneums of Madrid and Barcelona, Teatro Comica-Lírica de Madrid and two editions of the Otoño Cultural Iberoamericano of Huelva. Her recital of “Songs of post Civil War Spain” at the Fundación Juan March of Madrid was broadcast on Radio Television Española and hailed as “a tour de force” by the Spanish newspaper ABC.

    Ms. Tonna’s artistry has been recognized by the Liederkranz Foundation, The Gerda Lissner Foundation, National Opera Association, BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) grant from the Bronx Council of the Arts, and a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in and perform Spanish Art Song in Spain, where she has established a thriving career.   Commercial recordings that have preserved some of these efforts include The songs of Julio Gómez with pianist Jorge Robaina with disc label VERSO and her new disc España alla Rossini with Spanish pianist Emilio González Sanz which premiered in April of 2016 with iTinerant Classics

    She bowed this past May 2017 in the role of Laura Adorno with the Brno State Opera in the Czech Republic, and bowed in  2016 in said role in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda and as Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, both with New Jersey Association of Verismo opera. A native and resident of New York City, Ms. Tonna holds a B.A. in Music from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and a Masters in Performing Arts from the Mannes College of Music in New York City.

    Her upcoming engagements 2017-2018 include song recitals in La Rioja (Spain), at Museo del Romanticismo (Madrid), Zarzuelaabend at the ElbPhilharmonie in Hamburg (Germany), the Hispanic Society Museum & Library (NYC), at Vassar College Music Series and the Americas Society (NYC). This summer she debuts at Little Opera of Zamora (Spain) in the role of Clarina in Rossini’s Il cambiale di Matrimonio as well as in Maverick Concerts in Bernstein’s Songfest.

Operatic Repertoire

Albéniz
Olympia – The Magic Opal

Bellini:
Adalgisa – Norma
Romeo – I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Bizet:
Carmen – Carmen

Falla:
Candelas – El Amor Brujo

Giordano:
La Astrologa – Il Re

Gluck:
The reformed drunkard – Mathurine

Handel:
Julius Ceasar – Julius Ceasar
Bradamante – Alcina

Humperdinck:
Hansel – Hansel and Gretel

Leoncavallo:
Musetta – La Boheme

Mascagni:
Willi – Guglielmo Ratcliff
Lola- Cavalleria Rusticana

Moreno-Torroba:
Luisa Fernanda – Luisa Fernanda

Mozart:
Dorabella – Cosí fan Tutte
Cherubino – Le Nozze di Figaro
Marzellina – Le Nozze di Figaro
Elvira – Don Giovanni

Nieto:
La Roldán– Barbero de Sevilla (Zarzuela)

Offenbach:
Nicklausse – Les contes d’Hoffmann

Paisiello:
La Molinara – La Molinara

Piazzolla:
María – María de Buenos Aires

Ponchielli
Laura Adorno- La Gioconda

Puccini:
Suzuki – Madama Butterfly

Purcell:
Sorceress – Dido and Aeneas

Rossini:
Ernestina – L’Equivoco  Stravagante
Angelina – La Cenerentola
Rosina – Il barbiere di Siviglia
Isabella –  L’italiana in Algeri
Cambiale di Matrimonio – Clarina

Strauss:
Prince Orlofsky – Die Fledermaus

Tchaikovsky:
Madame Larina – Eugene Onegin

Thomson:
St. Theresa II – Four Saints in Three Acts

Ullman:
Der Trommler – Der Kaiser von Atlantis

Verdi:
Dorothea – Stiffelio
Maddalena – Rigoletto
Flora – La Traviata
Fenena – Nabucco

Vivaldi:
Gualtiero – La Griselda

Zandonai:
Dona Mercedes – La Farsa Amorosa

Opera Houses / Theaters

Brno State Opera House (Czech Republic)
Teatro Grattacielo (Lincoln Center)
Teatro Fernán Gómez (Madrid)
La Fundación Prolírica de Antioquia (Medellin)
New Rochelle Opera
Opera de Moncloa (Spain)
Encompass Theatre
Gateway Classical Society
New Jersey State Opera
Bronx Opera
Little Opera Theater of New York
New York Town Hall

Connecticut Grand Opera
Opera Theater of CT Sanibel
Teatro Compac Gran Vía (Madrid)
Auditorio Nacional de España
Teatro Principal de Castellón (Spain)
The Yard Dance Festival
Opera Illinois
State Philharmonic of Bacau
Altamura Music Festival
Teatro Nacional de Santo Domingo
Opera Instabile
New York Grand Opera
Opera on the Slope

Conductors

 

Paul Hostetter

Lucy Arner

Alfredo Silipigni
David Wroe
Montserrat Marcos
Jose Luis Pareja
Carlos Cuestas
Silvia Sanz Torres
Igancio Pilone
Gregory Ortega
Laurence Gilgore

Mara Waldman
Alfredo Silipigni
Michael Spierman
Pablo Zinger
Fiora Contino
Karel Mark Chichon
Carlos Piantini
Kenneth Cooper
Vincent La Selva
Richard Owen

Concerts

Homenaje a Lucrecia Arana American Space (Spain)
España alla Rossini Orchestra Miami
Amor en Travesti Auditorio Nacional de España (Spain)
España alla Rossini Festival de Segovia (Spain)
Music and Dance in the time of the Duchess of Alba Hispanic Society of America
Mariana Martines: composer in the times of Hayden & Mozart 11persons Kulturforum (Spain)
KLIMT: Artist of the Soul 11persons Kulturforum (Spain)
Composers of Post Civil War Spain Fundación Juan March (Spain)
Concert with Sylvan Winds Hispanic Society of America
“Cinco de Mayo” Latin American Song Recital North South Consonance
Gala Concert with Orchestra The Hellenic Foundation
Gala Concert Association of Classical Dominican Artists
Spanish Song Recital Música en Compostela (Spain)
Presentation of Disc, “The Songs of Julio Gómez” Palacio Longoria (SGAE)
Voice and Guitar Concert Instituto de Estudios Riojanos (Spain)
Spanish Song Recital Escuela Superior de Canto (Madrid)
Zarzuela Concert Cuban Cultural Center of NYC
Spanish and Latin American song for guitar and voice Bargemusic
Concert of Sacred Music Semana de Musica Religiosa en Aviles (Spain)
Spanish lied in the Time of Franco University of California at Riverside
The Songs of Julio Gómez Escuela Superior de Canto (Spain)
Voice and Guitar Concert Música en Palacios (Spain)
Voice and Guitar Concert Ateneo de Madrid (Spain)
The Art Song Puerto Rico Otoño Cultural de Huelva (Spain)
Spanish Composers in Exile Otoño Cultural de Huelva (Spain)
Antología de Zarzuela Teatro Principal de Castellon
Composers of Latin America Freeport Song Arts Festival
Luces de Navidad Ayuntamiento de Murcia (Spain)
Art Song of Puerto Rico Festival Casals de Puerto Rico
Art Song of Puerto Rico Brooklyn College
Art Song of Puerto Rico Casa de la Herencia Puertorriquena
“Folclore y Arte” Otoño Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes
Songs of Julio Gómez Fundación Eutherpe (Spain)
Songs of Julio Gómez Casa de Moneda (Spain)

Oratorio/Symphony-Orchestral

Bach:
Christman Oratorio
Magnificat
St. Matthew’s Passion
Cantatas 78, 106, 147, 185, 170

Beethoven:
Ninth Symphony

Berlioz:
Les Nuits d’été

Bernstein:
Songfest

Brahms:
Alto Rhapsody

Handel:
The Messiah

Mozart:
Mass in C minor
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
Ch’io mi scordi di te
Coronation Mass
Requiem

Rossini:
Stabat Mater

Saint-Saëns:
Christmas Oratorio

Verdi:
Requiem

Vivaldi:
Gloria