I am a classical vocalist, teaching artist, and “cultural interpreter” living in Bronx, NY. I love the music of Spain and Latin America and have been incredibly lucky to have performed both historical and contemporary music by composers from these traditions, with colleagues from all over the world.
I am honored to have been a Fulbright Scholar to Spain. This became a defining experience for me. Since then, it has been my personal goal to share what I know and act as a cultural bridge between the Hispanic World and my local community of the Bronx, as well as the five boroughs and beyond!
I passionately believe in #ArtforAll and work as a teaching artist with school-aged children of New York City, via Hispanic Culture Arts. I firmly believe in the transformative power of arts education in the lives of children. I am an active teaching artist for the Hispanic Society Museum & Library in New York City, and have presented programs for seniors in the Bronx with SPARC (Seniors partnering with Artists Citywide) as well as being awarded several grants by the Bronx Council for the Arts (Bronx Recognizes its Own; Arts Community Grant, as well as grants from the NYC Department of Aging).
As a concert curator for the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, I developed numerous concerts related to the museum collection. In terms of museum education for this same entity, the arts education presentations I have both organized and performed in include: Music and Dance in the Times of the Duchess of Alba; Music in the times of Joaquin Sorolla; From Barcelona with Passion: Enrique Granados Centennial; Music and Dance from “A vision of Spain”; “Trio of Paintings: music and dance from 18th-century Spain, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.”.
As an active performer and recitalist, I have sung with numerous opera companies, both domestically and internationally. I have performed in festivals, orchestras, and foundations around the world. You can find all about my professional activities as an operatic mezzo-soprano on www.annatonna.com.