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Bonney, Barbara

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Bonney, Barbara, admired American soprano; b. Montclair, N.J., April 14, 1956. She received training in Canada and with Walter Raninger at the Salzburg Mozarteum. In 1979 she became a member of the Darmstadt Opera, where she made her first appearance as Anna in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor; among her subsequent roles were Blondchen, Adina, Cherubino, Gilda, Massenet’s Manon, and Natalie in Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg . In 1983–84 she appeared with the Frankfurt am Main Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In 1984 she made her first appearance at London’s Covent Garden as Sophie. In 1985 she made her debut at Milan’s La Scala as Pamina. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y on March 3, 1988, as Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, where she returned to sing Adele and Sophie. In 1989 she made her first appearance at the Chicago Lyric Opera as Adele. In 1991 she sang in the Mozart Bicentenary Gala at Covent Garden. After singing Sophie at the Metropolitan Opera that year, she returned there as Adina in 1996 and as Susanna in 1997. She was engaged in 1997 as a soloist in the centenary performance of the Brahms Requiem in Vienna. On Aug. 7, 1997 she made her N.Y recital debut at Alice Tully Hall, followed by her Carnegie Hall recital debut on Jan. 31, 1998. In addition to her distinguished operatic career, Bonney has won acclaim for her appearances as a soloist with the world’s leading orchs. and as a recitalist. She has made frequent appearances with her husband Håkan Hagegård.

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