March 23 & 24, 2017
Called “extravagantly charismatic” by the San Francisco Chronicle, praised by San Francisco Classical Voice for her “beautiful phrasing” and “striking tone”, and noted by Fanfare Magazine for her “rapt vulnerability”, soprano Tonia D’Amelio has established a reputation as one of the most sought-after solo and ensemble singers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In recent seasons, D’Amelio sang the role of Celia in the world premiere of Middlemarch in Spring and made several debut performances: as a soloist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, as Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea with West Edge Opera, and in recital with Los Angeles Baroque Players. Other career highlights include liturgical performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Mozart’s Requiem, and J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, and concert performances of Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne. She has participated as a guest artist at the William Byrd Festival in Portland, Oregon, and at the Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy in Edington, Wiltshire, U.K. Of D’Amelio’s solo work in new-music ensemble Volti’s recording of Stacy Garrop’s Sonnets of Beauty and Music, Fanfare Magazine says, “Heard in person, a performance such as this one must stop time.”
A native of New York City, D’Amelio holds degrees from Harvard University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition to singing, D’Amelio teaches alignment-focused barre fitness classes at The Dailey Method’s Piedmont, Berkeley, and San Francisco studios.