Catch Bonnie singing Margaret Bonds on Performance Today, 1/15/24

Margaret Bonds (1913-1972) was an African American composer and one of the first black composers to be widely recognized in the U.S.. She was known for her solo vocal works, including spiritual settings and art songs. Bonnie’s 2003 recording of Margaret Bonds’ song, “Dream Variation” from her Three Dream Portraits , with text by Langston […]

Why Study Old Italian Arias?

For those studying singing at the beginner and intermediate levels, studying old (17th and 18th century) Italian arias seems to be a nearly universal recommendation.   Why is this so? What are the magical properties of this repertoire? What are these arias?  Where are they from? These “Old Italian” arias are from operas of the 17th […]