Duo Tonna Daroca
Champions of art song and chamber music by composers from Spain and Latin America, Dominican-American mezzo soprano Anna Tonna and Cuban-American pianist Daniel Daroca have appeared at the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico, Festival Iberoamericano de las…
Champions of art song and chamber music by composers from Spain and Latin America, Dominican-American mezzo soprano Anna Tonna and Cuban-American pianist Daniel Daroca have appeared at the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico, Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes and Música de Camara in New York City. Hailed for their powerful interpretations of composers such as Leo Brouwer, Jack Delano, Silvestre Revueltas and Modesta Bor, recent engagements include: Otoño Cultural Iberoamericano (Huelva, Spain), Song Arts Festival in Freeport, and Bargemusic, New York City, with upcoming engagements that include Hispanic Society of America, the Ateneo de Madrid, and a return appearance at the Otoño Cultural de Huelva with a program of music from Puerto Rico.
Duo Tonna Daroca
Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano
...Anna Tonna wielded a firmly projected, oaken mezzo that made one wish Zandonai had written more for her character.-Opera News
A graduate of Mannes College of Music, Anna Tonna combines a distinguished career as an opera singer with her dedication to the music of Spain and Latin America, a natural consequence of her roots and her affinity for Hispanic culture. In 2008 she sang an all-Latin American program as part of the festival Iberoamericano de las Artes in Puerto Rico.
Tonna had her Lincoln Center debut in New York’s Alice Tully Hall in the Mascagni opera Guillermo Ratcliff with the Teatro Grattacielo company in 2004. She has also sung with opera Illinois, New Jersey State Opera, Bacau State Orchestra (Romania), Connecticut Grand Opera, New York Grand Opera, Teatro Nacional de Santo Domingo, and New Rochelle Opera. Recent highlights among her recitals in the United States and Spain are a recent concert of Julio Gómez songs at the Reina Sofía Institute in New York, and her debut solo recital at the Casals Festival in March of 2009.
She has been honored by numerous organizations and competitions, such as the Liederkranz Foundation in New York, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Marjorie Lawrence International Competition, Teatro Grattacielo, National Opera Association, Violetta Dupont/Opera at Florham and New Jersey Verismo Association Competition. As a 2007-2008 Fulbright Scholar to Spain, she researched the works for voice and piano by Spanish composer Julio Gómez at the Juan March Foundation in Madrid; she will record the songs of Mstro. Gómez with discographic label Sello Verso in 2010.
Daniel Daroca, pianist
Daniel Daroca studied in Cuba, Germany, Austria and the U.S. In his native Cuba, he was a national winner of the Cuban Music Competition for Young Pianists. Also a prizewinner in literary competitions for his poetry, Daroca has received awards and fellowships from the Alban Berg Stiftung, the Verein der Freunde der Musiklehranstalten der Stadt Wien, the Folkwangschule Essen, the Rotary Foundation, and the Manhattan School of Music.
Daroca has given recitals and master classes in Europe, Asia, and the United Sates. He has appeared in recital in such venues as the Weil and Merkin halls in New York, Reina Sofía in Málaga, Wexford Festival Opera, and the National Arts Hall in Taipei. His repertoire spans an extensive panorama: from the Frescobaldi Toccatas to recent works by contemporary composers. A gifted pedagogue, he has earned recognition among other pianists, and counts among his students professors from universities and conservatories in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. A sought-after collaborator in chamber music and vocal recitals, Daroca has worked as a pianist at the Juilliard School of Music and is presently on the faculty of Kean University.
He has collaborated in the seasons of opera companies such as Wexford Festival Opera and Opera de Colombia.
El Nuevo Día, Saturday 21 de Marzo, 2009
Luis Hernández Mergal
Festival Casals de Puerto Rico, recital en Bellas Artes de Santurce
… impressive display of musicality and subtle balance between the voice and the piano.
….The first half ended with “Nueve Cantos Antillanos” (Nine Songs from the Antilles) by Luis Antonio Ramírez, whose folklorist writing colored by modal harmonies was interpreted masterfully by the artists; they were able to accent the contrast between the mischievousness of Lloréns Torres’ jíbaro and Guillén’s African poetic cadences.
….. one of the songs from the Cordero cycle, as well as the excellent “Tres canciones de Luis Palés Matos” by Luis Prado had been part of a program presented by Tonna y Daroca before, and had on this evening the same resounding success as in the previous occasion.
El Nuevo Día, Thursday, August 21, 2008
Luis Hernández Mergal
Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes, recital en Bellas Artes de Santurce
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tonna’s presence shone from the beginning, with a presentation that accented the various children scenes of the work of (Silvestre) Revueltas.
Of our distinguished poet Luis Lloréns Torres, in this jocular evocation of the rural life of the Puertorrican “jibaro”(peasant), Tonna and Daroca played masterfully with the syncopated rhythms of (Ernesto) Cordero.
Daroca revealed himself as an accompanist of the first order, with excellent balance and sense of ensemble, resulting in a perfect linkage.
Later, the two pieces for piano solo by Dominican composer Rafael Landestoy, were interpreted with elegance and good taste by Daroca in the best salon music tradition.
El Vocero, Friday 22 de Agosto, 2008
Victor R. Castro Gómez
Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes, recital Bellas Artes de Santurce
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Moments of refined interpretative mastery in the first half of the program were achieved in “Amor Infinito” by Aura Marina del Rosario, which had great homogeneity and expressive coherence, as well as in “Rosas para ti” by Luis Rivera.
Also to be noted were the two excellent Songs without Words, “Romántico” and “Mini vals” by the Dominican Rafael Landestoy, interpreted by Daniel Daroca with great richness of dynamics and stylistic intuition.
New York Concert Review, Spring 2006
Musica de Camara, recital
New York City
She possesses a lovely, mellow-toned mezzo voice, large enough to easily fill this rather dead hall. She never forces and produces a constantly attractive sound, Her diction is excellent. (She performed songs in Spanish, English, French, German and Italian). In all the works for voice and piano, Daniel Daroca was her sensitive accompanist.