Described as having the ideal voice for Strauss, Regina Zona’s performance abilities have earned her great success and acclaim throughout her career in a broad range of repertoire. She has enjoyed a long history of performing with symphonies around the world in oratorio and concert works, including Knoxville Summer of 1915 (Barber), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, the Mozart Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Poulenc’s Gloria and the Vier letzte Lieder by Strauss, with organizations including Tokyo Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, and the Buffalo Philharmonic.
An avid and frequent recitalist, Regina specializes in the performance of American art song. She has recorded several of Jake Heggie’s song cycles for the NAXOS American Classics label with pianist Kathleen Tagg, with whom she also performed several American Song recital tours worldwide. Regina is currently creating the American Voices Connection, designed to increase accessibility to art song and opera by contemporary American composers.
Regina has won numerous competitions, including the Neue Stimmen International Vocal Competition, the Mario Lanza Competition, Giargiari and Arturo Bel Canto Competition, and the Liederkranz Society of New York Competition. Her early career included roles such as the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) and Musetta (La bohéme), performed to critical acclaim: Opera Magazine described her as having “tone to spare…a multicolored vocal portrait, filled with compelling nuances.” Her current repertoire includes Chrysothemis (Elektra), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and the title roles in Ariadne auf Naxos and Vanessa, among others.
Regina has two new projects she is rolling out in 2018.
Her new podcast, True Confessions of a Still Fabulous Diva is an fun venture that allows her to exploit her love of story-telling and obsession with self-help books.
A champion of American art song, Regina is determined to put the genre in the spotlight. American Voices Connection is an online video project which will showcase performances of American art songs and opera arias and provide information not only about the pieces themselves but also the composer and how to purchase the sheet music.
NAXOS CD Release Concert: “Connection: Three Song Cycles by Jake Heggie” with Kathleen Tagg, piano
February 2015, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
April 2015, Harrisburg Pennsylvania
September 2015 – Chrysothemis in Strauss’s Elektra – New York Opera Forum
Spring and Fall 2014 – NAXOS CD Release Concerts in Los Angeles, New York City and Philadelphia
May 2013 – Odabella in Verdi’s Attila – Empire Opera
Spring/Summer/Fall 2013 – Tosca in Puccini’s Tosca, Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Leonora in Beethoven’s Fidelio – SingThrough Central
“Soprano Regina Zona turns in splendid performances in all songs. She adapts to the chameleonic character of the songs with seeming ease, never missing a dramatic turn or falling short on a vocal challenge. Indeed, she hits the plentiful high notes with confidence and portrays the characters here with an unerring sense for their emotional state.”
Robert Cummings, www.classical.net
Review of “Connection: Three Song Cycless of Jake Heggie”, Naxos American Classics
“Do Not Utter a Word”
“Zona’s performance took my breath away. Her subtle manipulations of delicate longing, combined with agonizing energies in desperate and maddening crescendos, fused to paint a believable picture of the tormented and distraught Temple Prophetess, Norma…”
Teresa Watson, Rome News