Photo: Kristen Locken


Cio Cio San            Syracuse Opera                 April 13,2018

Linda Loomis of the Syracuse Post-Standard wrote: Cio-Cio-San is played by Toni Marie Palmertree, whose clear soprano lifts, soars and dances on Puccini's gorgeous melodies. She is entrancing even before she's on stage, first heard singing from the wings the melody that becomes her motif as she approaches with her entourage to meet Pinkerton. To her falls the most well-known aria of the opera, "Un bel di Vedremo," sung early in Act. II. Even without the English surtitles, the audience would grasp the range of emotion Palmertree expresses as she first imagines her joy "one fine day" at the return of Pinkerton, then her hysterics as she considers her life of poverty and shame if he does not come back.

Schwabacher Debut recital            March 21, 2018           San Francisco, CA

Joshua Kosman of The San Francisco Chronicle wrote: ’There is her sound itself — a bright, lustrous instrument capable of gathering great reserves of expressive momentum and then discharging them with a well-placed climactic flourish. Added to that are a wide emotional range, a gift for communicative intimacy, and a dash of theatrical temperament that can give her singing a certain dramatic flair.

 In the “Canciones clásicas españolas” of Fernando Obradors, which concluded the evening in a burst of expansive high spirits. In the brisk, saucy numbers of the set (“El molondrón,” “El tumba y lé”), Palmertree brought out her most vivacious side, tripping gaily through the texts like a Spanish Gilbert and Sullivan patter singer. Yet the most exquisite number was the slow love ballad “La mi sola, Laureola,” in which Palmertree gave a musical impression of a lover struck nearly dumb by the beauty of his beloved.

Cio Cio San      Madama Butterfly       San Francisco Opera

November 18th 2016 called to step into the title role.

"The young soprano not only met the challenge, but she claimed her place among the finest vocal interpreters of the role heard here recently. It was, to borrow from Hamlet, “a hit, a very palpable hit.” Hers is a big, bright, beautiful voice. She sings with an innate, unaffected musicality, with enough projection to fill the 3,200–seat auditorium smoothly and completely. It’s an individual, personal voice, one which you can recognize when you hear it again, not the kind of “generic soprano” that is present in profusion."

---Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice

"The first sparkling tones of Toni Marie Palmertree, sung gently off stage, were exquisite. Palmertree, who was replacing Lianna Haroutounian who was ill, is a first-year San Francisco Adler Fellow who had sung supporting roles with San Francisco opera last year. What an event for her to come on stage in such a huge role. From her gentle love songs to her anguished cries of rejection and ultimate suicide she sang with utter conviction and command".

--- Heather J. Morris, Peninsula Reviews

"There was more Verdi from soprano Toni Marie Palmertree, who unleashed a formidable volley of sound — elegantly shaped, impeccably controlled — in “Toi qui sus le néant” from Don Carlos,”

---Joshua Kosman, The San Francisco Chronicle. 2016 Adler Concert

"The most impressive performer, for example, Toni Marie Palmertree, with a bright, big-and-beautiful voice and appealing musicality, sang two very different Verdi roles — Violetta in the Act 2 scene of La traviata and Elisabetta in the first part of Act 4 of Don Carlo.The soprano from Fleetwood, PA, managed to maintain an affecting lyrical quality in face of Ryvkin's orchestral storm, especially in the deafening Don Carlo excerpt"

---Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice

"Toni-Marie Palmertree was arresting as Medora in "Non so le tetre immagini" from Verdi's Il Corsaro.Her voice is exquisite and she stood out as the Sandman in a scene from Hansel und Gretel in the second half of the night"

---The Opera Tattler

"a lovely contribution from soprano Toni Marie Palmertree as the Sandman; earlier, Palmertree had given a first-rate rendition of an aria from Verdi's

Il Corsaro

---Joshua Kosman, The San Francisco Chronicle

" of the 23 singers, who had a big night? In order of appearance, the first to make an impact was baritone Sol Jin singing “Vy tak pyechalni…Ya vas lyublyu” from Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades. Next came soprano Toni Marie Palmertree's nicely ornamented Non so le tetre immagini" from Verdi's Il Corsaro, sung with appealing legato"

---Mark Rudio, A Beast in a Jungle:San Francisco Performing Arts, Culture Calendar & Reviews

October 12, 2015

Toni Marie Palmertree is selected to be a 2016 San Francisco Opera Alder Fellow.

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