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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

DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER

Flower/Lady in Waiting

San Francisco Opera

HOUSE DEBUT

June 14, 17, 19, 23, 25; July 1, 3 2022

Grace Cathedral

TILT: A CELEBRATION OF LIGHT AND MUSIC

June 20 2022

Fall 2022

Festival Napa Valley

TASTE OF ROMANIA: Recital with Gabrielle Beteag and Ronny Michael Greenberg

TBD
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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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METROPOLITAN OPERA COMPETITION WINNER

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From an initial pool of 1,100 applicants, Esther is a 2022 winner of the Metropolitan Opera's Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition. Click below to read San Francisco Chronicle's feature. 

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.”