Anna Tonna


"As Adalgisa was the mezzo soprano from the United States Anna Tonna, a voice of notable volume, good projection and important agility, with good acting and most importantly, with the ability to to fill the Metropolitano Theatre, whose acoustic is impossible, and has been known to put a damper on voices such as that of Eva Marton". — El Nuevo Siglo (Colombia)

"Like many a Rossini comic opera, its success depends to a large part on the charm of the mezzo heroine,a heroine who knows also how to sing Rossini. This the Bronx Opera had in Anna Tonna …Ms. Tonna handled the difficult fioriture with ease. Just as important, she carried off the opera's "bizarre deception" and aplomb (feigning male status, a castrato and military deserter at that!) — Deutsche Rossini Gesellschaft

Anna Tonna effectively stole the show as Ernestina, offering a prototype of the classic quick-witted Rossini heroine with a heart of gold as well as showing off her warm, secure mezzo-soprano to maximum advantage. — New York Magazine


Fulbright scholar to Spain, mezzosoprano Anna Tonna combines a distinguished career as an operatic mezzo with a dedication to the music of Spain and Latin American composers – a natural consequence of her roots and her affinity for Hispanic culture and language. Critics agree that Ms. Tonna is a brilliant coloratura with a beautiful lower register that combine and bring together her virtuosity and charming stage presence".

Mezzo Soprano Anna Tonna, has been heard in such roles as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Illinois, New Jersey State Opera and the Roundtop Music Festival, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with New York Grand Opera, New Rochelle Opera and New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Musetta in Leoncavallo's La Boheme with New York Grand Opera, Romeo in Capuletti e di Montecchi with the Roundtop Music Festival, the title roles of the tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires by Piazzolla and the zarzuela Luisa Fernanda both with the Connecticut Grand Opera, Maddalena in Rigoletto with the New Rochelle Opera, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with the Teatro Nacional de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, as well as Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte and Angelina in La Cenerentola in Madrid. She has sung North American premieres of numerous works, including Paisiello's La Molinara in New York's Town Hall, Vivaldi's La Griselda, Rossini's l'Equivoco Stravagante at the Danny Kaye Theater in NYC with the Bronx Opera, as well as Zandonai's La farsa amorosa and Mascagni's Guglielmo Ratcliff both with Teatro Grattacielo in Avery Fischer Hall in Lincoln Center under the batons of Maestro Alfredo Silipigni and Maestro David Wroe respectively.

Ms. Tonna has placed in numerous competitions including the Liederkranz Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation, and Marjorie Lawrence International competition, Teatro Grattacielo Competition, National Opera Association and the Violetta Dupont Opera at Florham. She was a BRIO grantee in 2007-2008, granted by the Bronx Council of the Arts (Bronx Recognizes Its Own). She holds the distinguished honor of being a Fulbright Scholar to Spain in 2007-2008, where she conducted research in Spanish Art Song.

Ms.Tonna made an auspicious debut at The Festival Casals de Puerto Rico in March of 2009 in a solo recital of art songs by the classical composers of Puerto Rico with Cuban pianist Daniel Daroca. Luis Hernández Mergal from El Nuevo Dia in San Juan wrote "in the Nueve Cantos Antillanos by Luis Antonio Ramírez, the traditional modal harmonics whre interpreted with mastery by the artists, who knew how to bring out the contrasts between the picaresque tones of the hillbilly character of Llorens Torres and the African cadences of the Nicolas Guillén text." In 2012 Ms. Tona's appearances include Rosina in The Barber of Seville in Barcelona (Spain), Candelas in Falla's El Amor Brujo with the Morpho Orchestra Ensemble, a recital with the Musica Nova Recital Series at SUNY Binghamton, a recital of songs by Latin American composers with North South Consonance in Manhattan, and recitals at the Asociación Rioja Lírica in Logroño (Spain) and the Ateneo de Madrid. She returns to Madrid this October for a concert of mid-twentieth century composers at the Fundación Juan March, which will be broadcast on Radio Television Española. Hispanic Society of America in New York City will feature her in concert for voice, guitar and dance about the life of the Duchess of Alba of Goya in December of 2012 as well as the soloist for Berlioz's Nuits d'eté with the Ballet Nacional de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic.

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. She can be heard in the disc "The songs of Julio Gómez" with pianist Jorge Robaina on discographic label VERSO.


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