Mezzo-soprano Monica Isomura’s uniquely rich voice and captivating stage presence have been garnering increasing attention in the Houston musical community. She was featured in two productions at Opera in the heights this past season, as Tisbe, in La Cenerentola, and as Mrs. Nolan, in The Medium. Since moving to Houston in 2014, the Philadelphia native has been a member of and frequent soloist with the Houston Chamber Choir, and has appeared with the Lone Star Lyric Opera, Da Camera, the Houston Heights Orchestra, and the Memorial Classical Music Series. She has previously sung for Michigan Opera Theater, The Castleton Festival, Opera in the Ozarks, Opera New Jersey’s Emerging Artist Program, and Toledo Opera’s Opera-on-wheels.
In the realm of oratorio, Monica has been the alto soloist in The Mozart Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, and numerous Bach cantatas with ensembles in the Detroit, New York, and Houston areas. She regularly gives solo recitals, and participates in chamber concerts and church performances here in Houston.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, a master’s from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in voice from Stony Brook University. A passionate educator herself, Monica serves as the Education Coordinator for Opera in the Heights, directs the Rusk School Choir in affiliation with the Houston Chamber choir, teaches voice at The Kinkaid School and at TUTS’ Humphrey’s School of Musical Theater, and maintains a private voice studio in Montrose where she lives with her husband, her partner in music and in life, conductor, Eiki Isomura.
Monica is represented by Diana Candida at the Incanto Agency: