Toni Marie PalmertreeSoprano
Ronny Michael GreenbergPiano
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | 6:30pm
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with works by Kurt Weill, William Bolcom, Jake Heggie and others
About This Performance
Soprano Toni Marie Palmertree is another Adler Fellow of the San Francisco Opera on the fast track for an exciting career on the stage. Her program Dramatic Tales spins a story of beauty and satire in equal measure through songs by Kurt Weill, William Bolcom, Jake Heggie and others.
Toni Marie Palmertree is an American soprano who receives great acclaim from audiences and critics for her captivating performances. This past fall she was called to step into the title role of Madama Butterfly for the November 18, 2016 performance at San Francisco Opera. Janos Gereben from San Francisco Classical Voice wrote: “The young soprano not only met the challenge, but she claimed her place among the finest vocal interpreters of the role heard here recently.”
This season, Ms. Palmertree is delighted to present her role debut as Liù in Turandot with San Francisco Opera. Additional engagements at San Francisco Opera include covering Violetta in La traviata and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. In February 2017 she debuted the roles of Giorgetta in Il Tabarro and the title role in Suor Angelica in West Bay Opera’s production of Il trittico.
Previous roles include High Priestess in Aida, Voice of Heaven in Don Carlo, Barena in Jenufa, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Alison in Wandering Scholar, and Mimi in La boheme.
Ms. Palmertree is proud to hold many awards including the Richard F. Gold Career Grant by the Shoshana Foundation, winner of The Metropolitan Opera National Council District Awards (Pittsburg), Finalist in The International Moniuszko Voice Competion, and The Classical Singer Voice competition. She took first place in the Long Leaf Opera of North Carolina voice competition, The Kennett Square Symphony Voice Competition, and The Marcella Sembrich competition. She was awarded third place in the National Opera Association Voice Competition, the James Parkinson Opera Competition and the second place winner of the Sylvia Green Voice Competition. From The Peabody Conservatory, she was granted The Anita Erdman award.
Ms. Palmertree received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a student of renowned voice teachers Mark Moliterno, Laura Brooks Rice, and Phyllis Bryn Julson.
Pianist Ronny Michael Greenberg has been heard in opera houses and concert halls around the world. Earlier this year, Mr. Greenberg went on tour alongside New Zealand tenor Pene Pati in Italy, performing as part of Ricasoli Recitals in Milan, the Anne Frank Association in San Bonifacio and the Michelangelo Institute in Florence. His other performing experiences range from guest soloist appearances with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, to concerts at the historical Steinway Hall, the Schubert Hall at the Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization for the Glenn Gould Exhibit.
Mr. Greenberg recently completed the Adler Fellowship and joined the San Francisco Opera music staff. This year he has worked on Rigoletto, Turandot and La Traviata. Additionally he serves as guest company pianist at the San Francisco Ballet and was featured on the stage of the War Memorial Opera performing Valses Poéticos by Granados at their 2017 Season Opening Gala.
Since his arrival to the Bay Area in 2015, Mr. Greenberg has collaborated with KDFC, the Human Rights Watch, LiederAlive, Musica Marin, The Green Music Center, Tech Crunch, Salesforce, the Glaucoma Research Foundation, the Italian Cultural Center, Temple Emanuel and the University Club. A proud Merola alumnus, he performs regularly for Merola Opera Program events.
Mr. Greenberg discovered his passion for vocal collaboration at the Crane School of Music where he completed his Bachelors in Piano Performance. He holds a Masters from the Yale School of Music and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Vocal Accompaniment from the Manhattan School of Music.