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Barbara Bonney

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Barbara Bonney has achieved equivalent success in artwork song, oratorio, contemporary vocal music, and opera. Her little but well-projected tone of voice is especially suitable for Mozart, the lighter Richard Strauss operas, and everything however the heaviest lieder, and she’s been cautious in her selection of repertoire; actually in her forties, she could still contact forth a brand new, girlish timbre when it had been needed. Her family members had not been a musical one, and it had been only by opportunity that her parents found out she had ideal pitch and a feeling of music — when she was three, they pointed out that she could flawlessly imitate musical sounds, like the melody that certain of family members clocks chimed. When she was old, she began piano, but discovered that she favored the greater songful tones from the cello. It had been a pastime in German that resulted in her performing career — being a college student on the School of New Hampshire she made a decision to spend per year their studies at the School of Salzburg. She proved helpful a multitude of jobs to aid herself, including cooking food, selling produce in a veggie stand, and copying music, and something day a pal recommended that she audition for the famous Mozarteum orchestra there. She hadn’t brought her cello abroad with her, because the costs of shipping and delivery were prohibitive, therefore instead she ready a song on her behalf audition, and was provided a position being a lieder pupil. Spurred on by this achievement, she auditioned for the Darmstadt Opera (understanding just two arias from the whole operatic repertoire), and was presented with the ingenue function of Anna in Nicolai’s Pass away Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor). During her years with the business, she discovered over 40 operatic jobs. In 1984, she produced her Vienna Condition Opera debut as Sophie in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, a job which was to be among her most well-known. Another characteristic function, that of Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflõte, she initial undertook in her 1985 La Scala debut. In 1987, she sang Sophie at Monte Carlo, which brought her to the eye of conductor Carlos Kleiber. Lucia Popp, as well, greatly respected her Sophie, so when Popp relinquished the function, moving on towards the Marschallin, she announced that she was transferring it to Bonney. Her Met debut is at 1988, as Naiad in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Through the 1990s, more and more able to choose what jobs and repertoire she’d sing, she begun to decrease her operatic jobs to some of her particular favorites, such as for example Pamina, Susanna (in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro), and Ilia (in his Idomeneo), and adding several new jobs, such as for example Zdenka in Strauss’s Arabella and Hanna Glawari (in Lehár’s Die lustige Witwe [The Merry Widow]). Like Popp, she thought we would drop the function of Sophie, departing it for youthful singers. This might allow her to invest more time performing lieder performances, and to coach. She was briefly wedded to baritone Hakan Hagegard. Among her recordings, her Mozart arias (London) and Schubert lieder (Teldec) catch her tone of voice and performing quite well.

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Full Name Barbara Bonney
Profession Singer
Education Mozarteum University of Salzburg, University of New Hampshire
Nationality American
Spouse Håkan Hagegård
Music Songs Exultate, jubilate K. 165, Faure / Pie Jesu, Vocalise, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Var det en dröm?, Op. 37 No. 4, Ellens Gesang III, D. 839, Op. 52: No. 6 Ave Maria, Mass No.2 in G, D.167: 1. Kyrie, Mass No.2 in G, D.167: 2. Gloria, Dowland: First Booke Of Songes, 1597 - 17. Come again: sweet love doth now invite, Liebst du um Schönheit, op. 12 no. 2, Verborgenheit, Previn: Vocalise, Seven Elizabethan Lyrics: Weep You No More, Argento: Six Elizabethan Songs - 2. Sleep, Dowland: Second Booke of Songes, 1600 - 2. Flow my tears, Barber - Four songs, op. 13: A nun takes the veil, Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson - 4. The world feels dusty, Auch kleine Dinge, 1. Stabat Mater, In dem Schatten meiner Locken, Argento: Six Elizabethan Songs - 5. Diaphenia, Barber - Four songs, op. 13: Nocturne, The Willow Song, Seven Elizabethan Lyrics: Brown is my Love, Copland - Four early songs: My heart is in the East, Er ist's, Copland - Four early songs: Night, Nimmersatte Liebe, Griffes - Three Poems of Fiona Macleod: The rose of the night, Previn: Sallie Chisum remembers Billy The Kid, Våren, Schwipslied
Albums Haydn: Nelson Mass, Stabat Mater, Lieder (feat. soprano: Barbara Bonney, piano: Geoffrey Parsons), My Name Is Barbara, Diamonds in the Snow, American Songs, Don Giovanni, Fairest Isle, The Other Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro, Schubert : Lieder, Mass in C minor, K. 427, Hasse: Salve Regina, La clemenza di Tito, Robert & Clara Schumann Lieder - Frauenliebe und -Leben, "Trout" Quintet / "Arpeggione" Sonata, Coronation Mass K. 317 / Exsultate, Jubilate K. 165 / Vesperae Solennes K. 339 (The English Concert & Choir feat. conductor Trevor Pinnock), Requiem, Zemlinsky: Lieder, Barbara Bonney Sings Mozart, Purcell : The Fairy Queen, The Operetta Album - Im Chambre séparée, Grosse Stimmen Vol. 1 Carmina Burana, Le nozze di Figaro: Highlights, Wolf and Strauss: Lieder, Regina coeli, K. 108 / Litaniae lauretanae, K. 109 / Benedictus sit deus, K. 117 / Te deum laudamus, K. 141, Lieder, Richard Strauss - Vier letzte Lieder & 15 Lieder, Mozart : Lieder - Elatus, Acis und Galatea, Beethoven: Fidelio (Live), Kraus: Arie e Cantate, Missa solemnis, K. 337 / Litaniae de venerabili altaris sacramento K. 125 / Regina coeli, K. 276, Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (1992), Strauss, R.: Four Last Songs, Mahler: Symphony No. 4 / Berg: Seven Early Songs, Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48 / Duruflé: Reqiuem, Op. 9 (Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Michel Legrand, soprano: Barbara Bonney, mezzo-soprano: Jennifer Larmore, baritone: Thomas Hampson), The Radiant Voice of Barbara Bonney, Brahms: Complete Edition, Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, The Best of Barbara Bonney, Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Salve Regina in F minor; Salve Regina in A minor, Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra feat. conductor: Riccardo Chailly), Gustav Mahler: Symphony no. 4 / Alban Berg: Seven Early Songs, Mozart : Famous Opera Arias - Apex, Schubert: Mass In G Major, D. 167 / Schumann: Requiem For Mignon, Op. 98b, Die ZauberFlöte, highlights (Orchester des Opernhauses Zürich feat. conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt), Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (Classic FM: The Full Works), Dresden: Frauenkirche (Eloquence), Mozart: Don Giovanni, Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Movies Prima Donna: Leading Ladies of Opera, Verdi: Falstaff, Barbara Bonney: Voices of Our Time


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Così fan tutte 2005 TV Movie Despina
La clemenza di Tito 2003 TV Movie Servilia
Les Boréades 2003 TV Movie Alphise
Der Rosenkavalier 1994 TV Movie Sophie
The Metropolitan Opera Presents 1988-1992 TV Series Nannetta / Najade
Der Rosenkavalier 1985 TV Movie Sophie

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Goal II: Living the Dream 2007 performer: "AVE MARIA"
Les Boréades 2003 TV Movie performer: "Les Boréades, Tradédie lyrique 1764"

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Primary 2014 special thanks

Self

Self

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Hollywood Greats 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
Art That Shook the World 2001 TV Series documentary Presenter
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45 1997 TV Special Sopran

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Archive Footage

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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: My World of Opera 1991 TV Movie documentary Sophie

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