Jillian Bonner is a mezzo soprano from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. She is a graduate of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program (17/18) and the University of Manitoba, where she studied with Tracy Dahl (MMus Vocal Perf '16). Jillian is currently a Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Recipient at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto for the 2019/20 season. Due to the opportunities this program provides, Jillian will be performing frequently in the GTA this season.
In 2019, Jillian was named as an Equilibrium Young Artist (EQ); she will be mentored by famed soprano and conductor, Barbara Hannigan. In partnership with EQ, Jillian will be making her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in January 2020, performing Mozart's Requiem under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.
In the Fall of 2018, Jillian received an Arts across Canada travel grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to perform rarely-heard early music by Durante and J.C. Bach with the Calgary Bach Society choir and orchestra. She also made her debut with Symphony New Brunswick singing Handel's Messiah.
Jillian was a winner at the Boston District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2018/19, and was a winner at the North Dakota-Manitoba District during the 15/16 season. In 2017, she received an Encouragement Award from the Toronto-Buffalo District of the MONC.
Jillian's operatic roles include 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); Maryanne in Hannaraptor (Calgary Opera School tour, 2018); The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen by Janáček (Opera NUOVA, 2017); The Dog in Dean Burry's Bremen Town Musicians (Saskatoon Opera School Tour, 2017); Hansel in Hansel & Gretel (Little Opera Company, 2015); and Angelina in La Cenerentola (University of Manitoba Opera Workshop & Symphony Orchestra, 2015).