Mezzo-soprano, Monica Isomura, is sought after as an opera and concert singer for her uniquely rich voice and captivating stage presence. She has sung several roles with Opera in the Heights including Paquette in Candide, Jo March in Little Women, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, and Mrs. Nolan in The Medium. In concert, she most recently performed Respighi’s Il Tramonto with the Westheimer String Quartet. She is a regular soloist with The Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church Choir and Orchestra where she has sung the the mezzo-soprano solos in the Durufle Requiem, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. From 2014-2017, she was a member of and frequent soloist with the renowned Houston Chamber Choir. In her five years since relocating to Houston, she has also appeared in productions and concerts with The Lone Star Lyric Opera, Da Camera, the Houston Heights Orchestra, The St. Thomas Presbyterian Church, and the Memorial Classical Music Series.
Monica 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. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in voice from Stony Brook University in New York. A passionate educator, Monica serves as the Education Coordinator for Opera in the Heights, is an Adjunct Professor of voice at Lone Star College Cyfair, teaches voice at The Kinkaid School, and maintains a thriving private voice studio in the Houston Heights, where she resides with her husband, conductor Eiki Isomura, and their one-year old, Edison.