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Bonney, Barbara (soprano)
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Barbara Bonney (soprano)

American-born Barbara Bonney is one of the world's most accomplished lyric sopranos. She now leads the field in her chosen repertory of roles by Mozart and Richard Strauss and is increasingly recognised as one of the finest Lieder and concert performers of her generation.

Barbara Bonney sings with the world's leading opera companies and her interpretations of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier under Sir Georg Solti and Carlos Kleiber have both been released on video, as has her performance of the role of Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) from La Scala, Milan. She is also a regular guest with the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in Munich, Hamburg and Geneva.

In concert Miss Bonney has recently appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa and Riccardo Muti, the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado (singing Mahler), Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Mahler 2) and the Norddeutscher Rundfunk with John Eliot Gardiner (Paradies und die Peri and Mahler 4). In summer 1995 she took up a residency at the Tangleswood Festival in the USA.and performed extensively with Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in addition to giving recitals and masterclasses.

Other engagements include Falstaff and L'elisir d'amore at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, plus Figaro and Der Rosenevalier at the Bastille Opera in Paris.

Barbara Bonney is also an prolific recording artist and her outstanding recordings to date have included many with Claudio Abbado, John Eliot Gardiner and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Her release with Gardiner on Deutsche Grammophon (Lehár's Die lustige Witwe) has met with great critical acclaim as have her recital discs of Lieder by Richard Strauss, Mozart, Wolf, Mendelssohn and Schubert, all accompanied by the late Geoffrey Parsons. In addition there are complete recordings of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte with both Harnoncourt and Östman, and Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel under Jeffrey Tate.

IMG Artists, Ist Floor, Lovell House, 616 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5RX, England. Telephone [0]207 957 5800: fax [0]207 957 5801: email


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HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695)
Ah, how pleasant 'tis to love, Z353with The King's Consort
Amidst the shades and cool refreshing streams, Z355with The King's Consort
Corinna is divinely fair, Z365with The King's Consort
Draw near, you lovers, Z462with Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
High on a throne of glitt'ring ore, Z465with Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
I came, I saw, and was undone 'The Thraldom', Z375with The King's Consort
I love and I must 'Bell Barr', Z382with The King's Consort
I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Z388with The King's Consort
If music be the food of love, Z379cwith The King's Consort
In vain we dissemble, Z385with The King's Consort
Let us, kind Lesbia, give away, Z466with Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Love arms himself in Celia's eyes, Z392with The King's Consort
Lovely Albina's come ashore, Z394with The King's Consort
Musing on cares of human fate, Z467with Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Oh, fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z402with The King's Consort
Olinda in the shades unseen, Z404with The King's Consort
Pastora's beauties when unblown, Z407with The King's Consort
Scarce had the rising sun appear'd, Z469with Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
See how the fading glories of the year, Z470with Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
She that would gain a faithful lover, Z414with The King's Consort
Since one poor view has drawn my heart, Z416with The King's Consort
Through mournful shades and solitary groves, Z424with The King's Consort
When Strephon found his passion vain, Z435with Michael George (bass), The King's Consort
Ye happy swains, whose nymphs are kind, Z443with The King's Consort