Toni Marie Palmertree, Lucrezia Borgia
Toni Marie Palmertree is an American soprano praised for her tender, expressive voice (SF Examiner). In the title role of Luisa Miller, Ms. Palmertree made her house and role debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Chicago Herald wrote, " Palmertree's artistic approach to this challenging role, thoughtful and professional presentation of her vocal part, and the natural beauty of her voice touched everyone's heart."
At the San Francisco Opera, Ms. Palmertree has made numerous leading role debuts, including Nedda (I Pagliacci), Liù (Turandot), and Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly). The San Francisco Chronicle lauded her Liù as a “performance of wondrous poignancy and heroism...clothed in vigorous, expressive phrasing”. Another triumph at San Francisco Opera was her last-minute house and role debut of Madama Butterfly, of which 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...”
This season, she performs the role of Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly at Palm Beach Opera and the title role of Tosca at Florida Grand Opera. At the Metropolitan Opera, she performs the role of Voce dal ciel and covers the role of Elisabeth de Valois in Verdi’s Don Carlo, and covers the title role of Cherubini’s Medea.
Previous roles include, Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Marguerite (Faust), Violetta (La Traviata), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Giorgetta (Il Tabarro) and Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica).
Ms. Palmertree is proud to hold many awards, including the Olga Forrai Career Grant, the Richard F. Gold Career Grant by the Shoshana Foundation, and winner of The Metropolitan Opera National Council District Awards.