Romanian-American soprano Esther Tonea has performed in concert and recital across the United States, Canada, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Spain, and Portugal. She has appeared in numerous opera productions including San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s The Rape of Lucretia and Suor Angelica, University of Georgia Opera Theatre’s The Merry Widow and Così fan tutte, International Vocal Arts Institute’s L’elisir d’amore, and the Athens Choral Society’s Dido and Aeneas. Tonea is the First Place Winner of the New York Lyric Opera National Vocal Competition, a Presser Scholar and a two-time recipient of the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council. Tonea has also won Concerto Competitions at the University of Georgia and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is a Meistersinger Competition semi-finalist from the Summer 2016 American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Tonea holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal and Cello Performance from the University of Georgia. She is currently earning her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.