Critically acclaimed for an electric stage presence and sweet purity of tone, soprano Mara Bonde has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Bonde made her Boston Pops debut under the direction of Keith Lockhart in Brush up your Shakespeare, which was nationally televised on PBS’s Evening at Pops. Also on the concert stage, she has sung with the Utah, San Diego, Charlotte, New Haven, Stamford, Syracuse, Nashua, and Cape Symphony Orchestras, the Handel & Haydn Society, and Boston Baroque. In December 2005 she debuted with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra singing their series of Holiday Pops. She also performs regularly with Boston Musical Theater, both here and abroad, and has toured with them in Russia and Belgium. She appears as soloist in Ravel’s Trois Beaux Oiseaux du Paradis on Robert Shaw’s Telarc recording Appear and Inspire and is also the featured soloist on Music for Voices by Allen Brings, recently released on Capstone Records.
A National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the First Prize winner in the 2003 Annamaria Saritelli-DiPanni Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Awards, Ms. Bonde has sung with Opera Omaha, Glimmerglass Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Company of North Carolina, National Opera Company (Raleigh), and the Lake George Opera Festival, in works ranging from Mozart to Mollicone and Sullivan to Sondheim. In March 2007, Ms. Bonde returned to Opera Omaha to create the role of Laura in the world premiere of Anthony Davis’ Wakonda’s Dream.
Ms. Bonde holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree from Boston University, where she was also invited to join the Opera Institute. She has studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and has sung in music festivals at Tanglewood, Aspen and at the Britten-Pears School with Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge in Aldeburgh, England.
For more information, visit Ms. Bonde’s website at marabonde.com.