Hailed by the New York Times as “fresh” and “sweet-toned,” and described in Opera News as having a “sugar-tipped soprano,” Tonna Miller is recognized for her “flesh and blood” performances and “natural stage presence.” Recently Ms. Miller sang the role of Marilyn Monroe in the World Premiere of Robert Manno’s Do Not Go Gentle, The Last Days of Dylan and Caitlin Thomas, with Phoenecia Festival of the Voice. Equally at home in the major opera houses of America and on Broadway, Ms. Miller was has been heard at the Metropolitan Opera as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and as the fiery Carlotta Giudicelli in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera for her Broadway debut. Ms. Miller has been heard as Fortuna in L’incoronazione di Poppea for her Los Angeles Opera debut; in the title role in Patience with New York City Opera; with Houston Grand Opera as Jano in Jenufa and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte; as Nannetta in Falstaff with Glimmerglass Opera, as Naïade in Ariadne auf Naxos with Santa Fe Opera; and as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier with Michigan Opera Theatre. Ms. Miller recently made her debut at the renowned cabaret venue 54 Below, singing Music of the Marx Brothers.
With New York City Opera, she has been heard as Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Frasquita in Carmen, Helen Niles in Mourning Becomes Electra and as Johanna in Sweeney Todd, where she was recognized as having a “lovely, clear voice” and “connect[ing] with her character’s virginal, conflicted proclivities.” With Opera Theatre of St. Louis, she has performed Wanda in Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein, Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto, and Euridice in Monteverdi’s The Tale of Orpheus. Ms. Miller has sung many recitals for Opera Theatre of St. Louis and has received two career grants from its Richard Gaddes Fund for Opera Singers. Other notable performances have included Aline in The Sorcerer and Offenbach operettas with Bard Summerscape; Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Vespina in Haydn’s L’infedeltá delusa with the American Symphony Orchestra; Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Adele in Die Fledermaus with Toledo Opera; Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore and Yum-Yum with Augusta Opera; both Josephine and Clorinda in La cenerentola for Nashville Opera; Carmina Burana with both the Madison Symphony and Tae Jon Symphony in Korea; and Handel’s Messiah with the Handel & Haydn Society and the Pacific Symphony. Ms. Miller has also performed Singer #1 in Conrad Susa’s controversial 1973 opera, Transformations, La Princesse in L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, Mary Warren in The Crucible and Sofia in Il Signor Bruschino. Ms. Miller has many awards to her credit that include finalist at the Birgit Nilsson Competition; winner of the Fred Mathias Award and finalist at the MacAllister Awards for Opera Singers; grant winner at the Licia Albanese- Puccini Foundation competition; and regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
With over fifteen years’ teaching experience, Ms. Miller maintains an active voice studio in New York City. Ms. Miller’s students have appeared in operas, Broadway musicals, national tours, New York theaters, regional theaters, conservatories and schools. Ms. Miller resides in New York City with her husband and two children.