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Eliza Bonet



Biography

 A native of Atlanta, Cuban-American mezzo-soprano Eliza Bonet joins Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in the 2017–2018 season, presenting her role debut as Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina and another role debut 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. As a member of the Merola Program at San Francisco Opera, she performed the role of Eunice in the company’s production of Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, in addition to covering the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Previously a Young Artist with Florida Grand Opera, she performed the roles of Krystyna in Weinberg’s The Passenger and Berta in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. She was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2012, where she covered the roles of the White Rabbit and the March Hare in the U.S. premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland. 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. She 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.

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