OSO Soloist: Zoë Bonner
Soprano Zoë Bonner was raised in Wiltshire where she undertook her education at Stonar School for Girls. She began her vocal training at the age of six, and some of her first solo performances were given at the Abbey in nearby Bath. Having completed her schooling, Zoë moved to Manchester and studied for a Bachelor's degree in biology at Manchester University, graduating in 2002. Since leaving school she has received voice coaching from Penny Jenkins, Maggie McDonald and most recently from John Powell.
Zoë's early passion for music, drama and dance has led to extensive stage work, most notably the roles of Josephine and Casilda in Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore and The Gondoliers. A strong background as a chorister has brought a wealth of ensemble experience and she currently performs regularly with the Canzonetta, Manchester Chamber Choir and the BBC Daily Service Singers. With the BBC she has performed in numerous broadcasts including singing live solos on the Radio 4
Sunday Worship programme.
Zoë has gained a wide range of solo oratorio experience since moving to Manchester: notable performances include the Vivaldi Magnificat (Venice, Lignano and Treviso, 1999), Bach Magnificat in E flat (Brighton, 2000), Haydn
St Nicholas Mass (Northern Chamber Orchestra, 2003), Scarlatti Messa Breve
La Stella (Manchester, 2004) and Mozart Requiem (Warrington Music Society, 2006). Early solo performances in opera have included minor roles in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Tippet's A Midsummer Marriage (conducted by Richard Hickox, St Endellion Festival, 2005). In April of this year he also performed in the chorus at the European premiere of Daron Hagen's Mexican opera Bandanna.
Concerts where Zoë Bonner played: