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Liam Bonner

  • Baritone

Biography

Liam Bonner sang his first performances of Pelléas in 'Pelléas et Mélisande' with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in a new production by David Alden, a role which he also covered at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the role of Raimbaud in the new production of 'Le comte Ory'. He also sang his first performances of Zurga in 'Les pêcheurs de perles' with New Orleans Opera, Ned Keene in 'Peter Grimes' in a return to Houston Grand Opera, Figaro in 'Il barbiere di Siviglia' with Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and Valentin in 'Faust' with North Carolina Opera.

In recent seasons, Liam Bonner made his Washington National Opera debut as the title role in 'Hamlet' to great acclaim, returned to Houston Grand Opera for Belcore in 'L’elisir d’amore', and made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Morales in 'Carmen'. Mr. Bonner was also seen at the Metropolitan Opera as Horatio in 'Hamlet' in the worldwide HD broadcast. He sang his first performances of Malatesta in 'Don Pasquale' with Opera New Jersey and Der Geliebte von Gestern in Weill’s 'Royal Palace' at the Bard Music Festival. He also made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Mahler’s 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen' as an alumnus guest artist with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. 

Liam Bonner made his European operatic debut as Guglielmo in 'Così fan tutte' at English National Opera. He maintains a strong relationship with Houston Grand Opera where he has sung numerous roles that include Demetrius in 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', Count in 'Le nozze di Figaro', Redburn in 'Billy Budd', the baritone soloist in Theofanidis’s 'The Refuge' (a recording of which is available commercially on the Albany Records label), Harašta in 'The Cunning Little Vixen', the Witch in Basil Twist’s production of 'Hänsel und Gretel', and both Morales and Dancaïro in 'Carmen'. He joined Wolf Trap Opera for Il Cavaliere di Befiore in Verdi’s 'Un giorno di Regno' and Papageno in 'Die Zauberflöte', Berkshire Opera for the Count in 'Le nozze di Figaro', Aspen Opera Theatre for Sid in 'Albert Herring', and L'Opéra de Québec for its annual opera gala concert. 

The baritone has appeared with the Houston Ballet as soloist in Stravinsky’s 'Les Noces' and in Orff’s 'Carmina Burana' at his alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University. He has also joined the Pittsburgh Symphony for highlights from Mozart’s operas and the Filharmonie Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic for a concert of opera favorites. 

Liam Bonner earned his Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music where he sang his first performances of the title role of 'Don Giovanni' as well as Belaev in Hoiby’s 'A Month in the Country' (also on the Albany Records label). He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in his home city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Additionally, Mr. Bonner is a former member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, as well as San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and Studio and Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera. He is the recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshanna Foundation, a first-prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, a national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and an award winner from the George London Foundation and Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition.