Over the period of many years I have admired the artistry of Barbara Bonney. It’s really too bad that she’s so rarely seen in live performances in the US. She moved to Salzburg, Austria several years ago. She taught for a while at the Mozarteum music school in Salzburg, where she studied years ago.
Early this morning I heard her sing a section from Mozart’s Mass in C. This demonstrated to me again what a fantastic singer she is. Her voice is so pure; her technique is flawless; and her ability to reach very high into her range is amazing.
Here are few selections from my Spotify playlist titled “Hank’s Bonney”
Barbara Bonney estimates that her lieder repertoire now includes more than 460 songs. Over her career she has made more than 90 recordings, spanning the Baroque period to 20th-century music, by composers such as Handel, Schubert, Mozart, Richard Strauss, and Jean Sibelius. She has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Berlin Radio Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony.
Here is Ms. Bonney, singing the “Et incarnatus est” from Mozart’s Mass in C that I heard earlier today:
And next, Barbara Bonney sings “He shall feed his flock” from Handel’s ‘Messiah’ :
Finally, here are Karita Mattila and Barbara Bonney singing “Zdenkerl, du bist die Beßre” from the opera Arabella by Richard Strauss:
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