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Bonnie Pomfret

Soprano, Master Teacher, Clinician

Classical Soprano

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Pomfret has performed music from the 12th to the 21st centuries in seven languages in the United States, Europe, and Asia.  Special interests include the music of the bel canto period and that of our own time.  Appearances include the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Capitol Cities Opera, Indiana Opera Theatre, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra (Washington), Sinfonia da Camera, West Deutsche Rundfunk, and with numerous regional orchestras and choral societies in the United States.  Recital venues include Atlanta, Berlin, Beijing, Bremen (Germany), Geneva, Freiburg, Los Angeles, San Diego, St. Petersburg (Russia), and Strasbourg.

Oratorio credits include Beethoven Choral Fantasy and Ninth Symphony, Berlioz and Bruckner settings of the Te Deum, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Handel Messiah, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Grand Mass in C, Orff Carmina Burana, Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem and the Requiem masses of Mozart, Brahms, and Verdi.

In 2005 Pomfret released a critically-acclaimed solo compact disc, De toda la eternidad; Songs by American Women, including a song cycle composed for her by Libby Larsen, and songs by Margaret Bonds, Gabriela Frank, Louise Talma, and Augusta Reed Thomas,

QUOTES FROM REVIEWS
As Ortlinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre, Act III, with Atlanta Symphony, Donald Runnicles conducting, she “….stood out for  strength of voice and graceful phrasing” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).

Classical Voice NC described her in recital in Raleigh as having “true power, control, and acting ability.”

BONNIE'S CD

De Toda La Eternidad Songs of American Women
De Toda La Eternidad; Songs of American Women
Bonnie Pomfret, soprano and Laura Gordy, piano


TRACK LIST

Track       Composer and Title

Libby Larsen- De Toda La Eternidad (Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz)
1.      Un instante me escuchen     Hear me one moment—
2.      ¡Afuera, afuera, afuera!      Fall back, fall back, fall back!
3.      Tersa frente, oro el cabello      Smooth brow and golden hair
4.      Esta tarde, mi bien        Speaking to you, beloved
5.      Diuturna enfermedad de la Esperanza     Oh, malady of Hope

Louise Talma
6.      One need not be a chamber to be haunted  (Emily Dickinson)
7.      Rain Song (Jean Garrigue)
8.      Glory be to God for Dappled Things (Gerard Manley Hopkins)
9.      Spring and Fall; to a young child  (Gerard Manley Hopkins)
10.     Leap Before You Look (W. H. Auden)

Augusta Read Thomas - among dawn flowers (Basho)
11.    I.   Orchid-breathing
12.     II.  Lightning

Bonds:  Three Dream Portraits (Texts from The Dreamkeeper by Langston Hughes)
13.     Minstrel Man
14.     Dream Variation
15.     I, Too

Gabriela Lena Frank- Cuatro Canciones Andinas (José María Arguedas)
16.      Despidida    Leave-Taking
17.     Yo Crío una Mosca    I am Nursing a Fly
18.      Carnaval de Tambobamba    Tambobamba Carnival
19.      Yunca    Yunca

Libby Larsen - Songs from Letters:  Calamity Jane to her daughter Janey,
1880-1902  (Martha “Calamity Jane” Canady)
20.     So Like Your Father’s (1880)
21.     He Never Misses (1880)
22.     A Man Can Love Two Women (1880)
23.     A Working Woman (1882-93)
24.     All I Have (1902)

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Download/listen at Rhapsody, iTunes, and others.

BONNIE'S PERFORMANCE RESUME

Bonnie Pomfret, Soprano

SOLO EXPERIENCE

Opera
Die Walküre, Act III    Ortlinde    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra     Donald Runnicles
Die Fledermaus     Adele    Indiana U. Opera Theatre    Robert Porco
Talk Opera     Gilda    Capitol Cities Opera    Eric Smithey
Beggar’s Opera    Mollie    University of the Arts, Berlin    Gunther Roth

Concert
Beethoven, Symph No. 9    Illinois State Univ. Orch and Chorus    Glenn Block
Brahms, Requiem        Emory University Chorus & Orch    Eric Nelson
Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass    Academia Chorale Detroit    Michael Mitchell
Mahler, Symphony No. 4     Emory-Atlanta Orchestra    Steven Everett
Mozart, Requiem        Collegium Vocale Atlanta    Kevin Hibbard
Mozart, Mass in C         Gwinnett (GA) Philharmonic    Eric Nelson
Verdi , Requiem        Illinois State Univ. Orch and Chorus    Michael Schwartzkopf
Weber Der Freischütz arias    Sinfonia da Camera (IL)    Ian Hobson

Other
Recitals: China, Russia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, and many U.S.venues
Recording:  De Toda La Eternidad, commissioned title cycle by Libby Larsen, songs of American women.
Education and Training
DM, Voice, Indiana University Bloomington     Voice:  Virginia Zeani    
MM, Boston Conservatory      Voice, David Blair McClosky
SMP, Voice and piano, Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany     
Coaches:  Martin Katz, Michael Strauss, Mark Phelps

SPECIAL SKILLS
Perfect pitch
Fluent German, conversational Italian.
Ballet at Boston Repertory Ballet, Movement at Univ. of the Arts Berlin.
Avid gardener and knitter.

Quotes, Reviews – available upon request
Repertoire list  - available upon request

REFERENCES
Mr. Michael Strauss, (617) 314-6187 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , coach-accompanist, NEC.
Dr. Laura Gordy, (404) 373-6129, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Lecturer, pianist, Emory Univ.



RECITALS
In addition to standard programs, Bonnie has designed some programs of special interest in content, format, and presentation.  

A Soap Opera of Arias….presented in the format of a television sitcom, complete with musical advertisements and public service announcements:  Gounod, Mozart, Haydn, Verdi, Puccini, Floyd, J. Strauss, 2005.
Shorter College, Rome GA
An Evening of American Music: Crumb, Harbison, Beach, Barber, Bonds,1999-2000.
Grosse Kapelle, St. Petersburg, Russia
Dominikaner Has, Pecs, Hungary
Bradley University (IL)
Emory University (GA)

A Recital of Songs composed by Women,  de la Guerre, Boulanger, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Lang, Larsen, (2000-2003)
Duke University
University of Nationaliies, Beijing, China
CMS Southern Conference, Memphis
Emory University (GA)

Songs of Hugo Wolf, 1869-1902, with supertitles, 2002.
Hartt School of Music (CT)
Emory University (GA)
Goethe-Institute Atlanta (GA)

Recital of Spanish and Latin-American Songs, Works of Orrego-Salas, Obradors, Wolf, Bizet, Pedillo, Granados, 2000-2001.
University of Bremen, Germany
San Diego State University
Emory University, GA

Duo-Recital with violist Karen Elaine Bakunin: Plum, Diamond, Alfonso el Sabio, (1999, 2000)
UC San Diego:  Scripps Music Series
Solana Beach (CA) Chamber Series
Lyceum Theater, San Diego
Emory University, GA)

Songs of Franz Schubert 1797- 1997.  1997.
Illinois State University

1492-1992:  Crumb Apparition and Copland Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, 1992
Illinois State University

Lecture Recitals
Lecture - Recital for Women’s History Month, Larsen De Toda la Eternidad, 2007
Northwest Louisiana State University
Lecture - Recital:  Nin-Culmell, Six Popular Sephardic Songs, 2005.
CMS International Conference, Alcala, Spain
Lecture - Recital:  Larsen, De Toda La Eternidad, 2005
CMS International Conference, Alcala, Spain
Emory University Women’s Center, GA)
Lecture - Recital:  Three 19th-Century Women Composers, 2000,2001.  
Cornell University
Emory University Women’s History Month

Chamber Music
Bach      Cantata 51 Jauchzet Gott
Boulez    Le Marteau sans maître, Improvisation sur Mallarme 3
Brahms     Liebeslieder, Op. 52    
Hindemith     Die Serenaden, Des Todes Tod
Ravel     Chansons madécasses     
Scarlatti     Cantata Sul le sponde del tebro  
Schubert     Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, Auf dem Strom
Tavener        To a Child Dancing in the Wind
Telemann     Kanarienvogel Kantata
Villa-Lobos     Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5