An Introduction . . .
Cornelia Luna’s new record “Starting Here, Starting Now,” celebrating the early music of Barbra Streisand has received spectacular reviews. Widely respected Jazz historian and music critic Scott Yanow describes Cornelia’s vocal instrument as “flawless . . . and blessed with a very attractive voice . . . equals her [Streisand’s] power and range.” The Toronto Music Report writes, “a profound and benchmark performance," and The WholeNote calls it, “A triumph . . . Her vocal instrument is sheer perfection.”
Vocalist and stage actress, Cornelia Luna is known for having played lead, supporting, and ensemble roles on Broadway, London's West End, as well as national and international tours. Roles include Grizabella in CATS; Fantine in Les Misérables; Ellen in Miss Saigon; Tuptim in The King And I; Kim in Miss Saigon; Christine, Nettie, Eponine in Cameron Mackintosh's Hey! Mr. Producer; Mamselle Honolulu in House Of Flowers; Lead vocalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Music Of The Night with music from EVITA, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Song And Dance; and more.
Cornelia has shared the stage with some exemplary artists at venues such as the Boston Opera House, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Shanghai Grand Theatre, and the London Palladium.
"From growing up in the Philippines . . . to a life in musical theatre . . . to an album of early Barbara Streisand songs. That's the journey Cornelia Luna has taken. She's spent more than 20 years performing in musicals on Broadway, London's West End, and in Toronto. But her current focus is on what she calls "The Streisand Project". Cornelia sat down with us to talk about her new album which pays tribute to
early Streisand." -- CBC Fresh Air