Anna TonnaBronx, NY
I am known as an vocalist and interpreter of music of Spain and the Americas. Always curious of music and art from all times and epochs, my repertoire ranges from Bach to Zarzuela. As a Fulbright scholar to Spain in 2007-2008, I had the opportunity to develop a close relationship with the Iberian peninsula. My recent work with Spanish pianist Isabel Perez Dobarro and Asociacion de Mujeres en la Musica in Madrid led me to explore contemporary musics by women creators from the Hispanic world. I co founded an initiative with Isabel called Women in Music/Mujeres en Musica which aims to be a cultural bridge for women creators in both United States and Spain to collaborate and expose new compositions. Our first concert took place in Madrid (Spain) in November of 2017 and then again in January of 2018 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center, entitled “A musical conversation between United States and Spain: works by Women Composers inspired in Cervantes and Shakespeare”.
In the mid 2000’s I co founded a group called New Music New York with tenor and composer William George, where we programmed and commissioned works for thematic programs for both instrumentalists and vocalists such as “Walt Whitman and the Beats”, “Songs of Post War New York” and “21st Century Shakespeare”.
Other thematic concerts that I have either produced or presented in collectives, museums and festivals include both in the US and abroad include: Klimt: The artist of the Soul; Music and Dance in the times of the Duchess of Alba; From Barcelona with Passion: the music of Enrique Granados; The extraordinary life of Teresa Carreno; Between Austria and Spain: The music of Mariana Martines.
I have several commercial discs out: Espana alla Rossini (iTinerant Classics), The songs of Julio Gomez (Verso) and Marga Richter’s Riders to the Sea with Leonarda Label.
A musical conversation between United States and Spain: Works by women composers inspired in Cervantes and Shakespeare
The initiative Women in Music/Mujeres en Musica, founded in 2017 thanks to the New York Women Composers Inc., Seed Grant, aims to be cultural bridge between women composers both contemporary and historical of United States and Spain. Founded by Spanish pianist Isabel Perez Dobarro and American mezzo Anna Tonna, they have collaborated with the the American Embassy in Madrid, The Murray Hill Institute and the Very Young Composers Program at the New York Philharmonic, adding our support to female music creators regardless of age, creed and race.