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Esther Tonea                 Soprano

Tonea’s concluding account of the aria “Col sorriso d’innocenza” from Bellini’s rarely heard opera “Il Pirata” was a performance of powerful, gleaming tone, effortless precision and expressive immediacy, all rendered with the sublime assurance of an established diva.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

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SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

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COSÌ FAN TUTTE

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San Francisco Opera

Fall 2021

San Francisco Opera

THE FUTURE IS NOW:

ADLER FELLOWS IN CONCERT

December 10 2021

December 12 2021

Festival Napa Valley

SING IN THE HOLIDAYS

Olivia Decker Power of Music Series

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IOLANTA

Listen to Esther sing Iolanta's arioso from Tchaikovsky's Iolanta. Recorded with pianist Andrew King.

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SAN FRANCISCO OPERA: 2022 ADLER FELLOWS

Esther will be rejoining the Adler Fellowship from another year full of new concerts and assignments. Read more about the new and returning Adler Fellows below.

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WORLD PREMIERE OF IF I WERE YOU

While in the Merola Opera Program, Esther premiered the role of lead soprano Diana in one of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's newest operas. Click on the link below to read Joshua Kosman's review in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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“Voice was something unexpected,” explains

Tonea. “I wanted to pursue cello and

neuroscience—with the intention of  going

the neuroscience route—but I found myself

so in love with music that I couldn’t live without it.”