BIOGRAPHY

Jillian Bonner, mezzo soprano is based in her beautiful hometown of Saint John, New Brunswick. She is a graduate of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program (2017 - 18) and the University of Manitoba (MMus, 2016). During the 2019-2020 season, Jillian was a Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Recipient at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, as well as part of soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan's Equilibrium Young Artist Initiative (EQ). Through EQ, Jillian made her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in January 2020, performing Mozart's Requiem under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. The same season, she was a finalist in the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, the Atelier Lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal Competition, and the WMC Doris McLellan Competition in Winnipeg MB. 

Jillian's recent operatic roles include Concepcion in Ravel's L'Heure Espagnole (Glenn Gould School Opera and the RCM Orchestra, 2020: performances were cancelled due to COVID-19), Arsace in Semiramide (Rossini Academy at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, 2019), Charlotte in Werther (LAMP's Richard Margison Opera Studio, 2019); Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte (Calgary Opera, 2018); The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen by Janáček (Opera NUOVA, 2017).