"What really distinguishes Tonia Cianciulli, apart from a gravity-defying voice of such warmth, expression, and majesty it’s amazing she hasn’t patented goose-bumps, is her ability to invest any song with authentic emotion no matter the genre or subject matter."
- Kimberly Hughes, Toronto Journalist, Editor, Blogger
TONIA EVANS CIANCIULLI is a multifaceted concert artist, performing her signature programs across North America. Born in Newfoundland, Tonia embarked on a journey to celebrate her rich cultural roots by reviving the life and legacy of Newfoundland’s first international opera singer, Georgina Stirling (1867-1935), aka, Nightingale of the North. Her concert program, Nightingale Sings, has been toured extensively across the province of Newfoundland, in Toronto, Ottawa, Miami and beyond. In 2018 she was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant for this noteworthy and historical work. Tonia now celebrates the publishing of her debut book by Flanker Press Ltd, coauthored with her grandfather, Calvin D. Evans, and foreword poignantly penned by Maestro Kerry Stratton. ‘The Heart’s Obsession – An Intimate Biography of Newfoundland Songstress Georgina Stirling’ hits the shelves this September when Tonia returns to Newfoundland for the launch, concerts and signings across the island. The release of her book is in tandem with a double record release with Newfoundland’s Citadel House label. Praised by CBC for shining a spotlight on two of the province’s most renowned musicians, Georgina Stirling and the late folk hero, Ron Hynes, Tonia brings new appreciation and life to their distinct songbooks.
Tonia lives between Toronto and Miami and homeschools her two children. She is certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programing and offers programs and workshops through Wish Arts called An Artist’s Journey with focus on the psychological aspects of being an artist/performer. Shining a spotlight on emerging and established Canadian artists is her inspiring interview series, Artist’s Spotlight. www.WishArts.ca Tonia’s non-profit, Wish Opera, continues to collaborate with the Toronto Concert Orchestra and Maestro Kerry Stratton on niche events fueled with Canadian talent for Canadian audiences.
“Tonia, your performance was so outstanding and so moving. It really made a huge difference for our agency and I cannot express enough how grateful we are and what an amazing, generous contribution your presence made to Victim Services, Toronto.”
Bonnie Levine, Executive Director, Victim Services,
‘Metro Toronto Police Chiefs Gala’
“Thank you, Tonia. Your gift of singing and sharing your own touching experience of losing someone to HIV/AIDS at our gala had an emotional impact on our guests. Thank you for your generosity in assisting us to raise awareness and support for this important cause.”
David Pavanel, Board of Directors, Peel HIV/AIDS Network, ‘PHANtastic Galas
Soprano Songstress Songwriter Author Foundress of Wish Arts/Opera
TONIA EVANS CIANCIULLI
"A warm lyrical soprano with a beguiling turn of phrase."
- Maestro Kerry Stratton, Toronto Concert Orchestra
"Tonia, you took us on a journey from the firey, rapid 'Love Is Where You Find It' to the stillness of 'Blow The Winds Southerly; in the end you could have heard a pin drop."
- Maestro Paolo Busato, Italian Canadian Symphony Orchestra
"Love it. Carried me away. Mother of all goosebumbs."
- Gordon Pinsent, Newfoundland, Canadian Actor/Director
“Performing a selection of opera was Tonia Cianciulli, an accomplished opera singer who also later performed original & popular music with DJ Aloona, Ms. Cianciulli is a composer in her own right and performed superbly, acknowledged by the audience in arousing applause.”
Alex Milas, Executive Director,
MIAMI BALL, Ritz Carlton
“Tonia, your passionate voice took our women on an emotional journey within to fuel the self love and confidence required to walk their courageous path. Your performance was captivating and uplifting - and the perfect punctuation mark to deliver our message! Thank you for your valuable contribution and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.”
Tanya Chernova Co founder Courageous Living,
Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women
"Tonia's breathtaking performance at the Omey Projects exhibition launch, featuring Portugal's most celebrated contemporary artist Nuno Santiago in the heart of the famous Vilamoura marina, added a whole new dimension to a fantastic evening. Her flawless, spine-tingling arias added a touch of pure sophistication and her stunning voice carried throughout the entire marina. It was mesmerizing. Her original songs added a surprising and delightful twist on classic opera and left the crowd completely star-struck. A truly world- class performance. Brava! Thank you Tonia for the gift of your voice. We look forward to welcoming you back to Portugal again soon!"
Kelly Murtagh, OMEY PROJECTS,
Tonia Cianciulli electrified the Cosmic Commune tent at BESTIVAL, with an intergalactic themed, stardust-sparklling, spine tingling performance that was all at once breathtaking, ethereal, mysterious & goose bump-inducing. Her luminous voice & enchanting presence left us spellbound and took us out of this world on a magical journey through a beautiful & emotional musical universe.
Eve St. Jude, Entertainment Coordinator
BESTIVAL, Toronto Music Festival