The Kennedy Center

Eliza Bonet


A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Cuban-American mezzo-soprano Eliza Bonet returns to Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program for the 2018–2019 season, performing Madeleine Audebert in Silent Night, Cat/Brother 1/Silk Merchant 2 in The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me, and Reba/Passenger/Holiness Congregation Member in Taking Up Serpents. She also will perform as a soloist in “A Concert of Comic Masterpieces.” In the 2017–2018 season with WNO, Bonet gave her role debuts as Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina (Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance) and as Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide. She made her New York debut in June 2017 in Robert Paterson and David Cote’s Three Way at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, followed by a recording of the work through Nashville Opera where she originally premiered the role in January 2017. Additional recent appearances include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Williamsburg, Annina in La traviata with Opera Maine, Mercédès in Carmen and Tisbe in La Cenerentola with Pensacola Opera, Maddalena in Rigoletto with Shreveport Opera, Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with PORTOpera, Dorothée in Cendrillon with Kentucky Opera, and Nettie Fowler for Opera on the Avalon’s Carousel. Bonet was previously a member of the Merola Program at San Francisco Opera, a Young Artist with Florida Grand Opera, and a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. On the concert stage, she has appeared as a soloist for Mozart’s Requiem with Music at the Gate, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah with St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Her awards include an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2013 as well as being named a finalist for the Opera Birmingham Competition the same year. Bonet received the Joe Festervan Memorial Award in 2012 from the Mary Jacobs Smith Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition and completed her graduate degree from Florida State University in 2011.

Watch Past Performances

Video 1/17/2019: Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

Musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra present Brahms sonatas and songs.

Brahms Sonata in F minor for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 No. 1
Brahms Sonata in E flat Major for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 120 No. 2
Brahms "Geistliches Wiegenlied" for Alto, Viola and Piano, op. 91 No. 2

Allyson Goodman, Viola
David Jones, Clarinet
Natalia Kazaryan, Piano
Eliza Bonet, Voice


Eliza Bonet