Jennifer Bonner is a Sydney-born soprano. She studied opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has a Masters in Voice Pedagogy. During her studies she was awarded the Helpmann Award, Patricia Lucas Award, Gladys Colleridge Award, nominated for the Joan Carden award and was ﬁnalist in the Opera & Arts Opera Award at the Sydney Eisteddfod. She was also a ﬁnalist for the 2MBS Young Performer award and performed live lieder and opera recitals with 2MBSFM. While in Sydney she was a soloist in Peer Gynt with the SSO, under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. She then travelled to Germany to continue her professional development and study of the German language.
Jennifer travelled abroad in the Summer of 2014. After participation in the Lotte Lehmann Oper Akademie (Germany) and The York Trust (UK), She was engaged by Konzerthaus Berlin to perform the part of Perkins II in an operetta piece by Marc Blitzstein, Triple Sec: Die Sünde des Lord Silverside, a double-bill with George Gershwin’s Blue Monday. This was part of Das Festival Mythos Berlin, which featured works from the 1920s, and was in cooperation with the Komische Oper Berlin. While in Germany, Jennifer performed opera and operetta programs with the Brandenburgisches Konzertorchester from 2014-2015. In the summer of 2015, she was engaged by Festspiel Oper Prag to perform Pamina in their production of Die Zauberﬂöte with performers from the Prague National Opera and Orchestra. This production was toured through several regions in the North and West of Germany.
After her studies, Jennifer was engaged by Opera Australia in 2012, performing the roles of Gretel, Sandman, Mother and Witch for the Oz Opera Schools’ production of Hansel and Gretel and participated in several productions including Carmen, Tosca, La Forza del Destino, La Traviata, Eugene Onegin and The Magic Flute as a member of the chorus. After returning to Sydney, she joined the company as a full-time chorus member.
Additional roles performed include Anna Reich, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Sydney); Melisse/Une Bergérè, Armide (UK); Asteria, Tamerlano (Sydney); Serpetta, La Finta Giardiniera (Sydney); Lucy, The Telephone (Sydney); Flora (The Turn of the Screw); Suor Osmina (Suor Angelica); Anne Truelove, Scenes from The Rake’s Progress (Germany); Concert engagements include The Fairy Queen (Germany), St Nicholas Mass, Haydn (Sydney), Mass in C, Dvořák (Sydney), Diana in Il Ratto di Proserpina, Scarlatti (Sydney), Coronation Mass, Mozart (Sydney).