Bonnie de la Hunty is an Australian soprano with a particular love for Baroque and Classical era, and art song, repertoire. She currently divides her time between Australia and Europe. Most recently, Bonnie was the featured soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s Noël! Noël! concert tour in December 2018.
Bonnie completed her Master of Arts in Vocal Studies at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), London, with Lillian Watson and Joseph Middleton (2015 – 2017). She then studied an Artist Diploma in Early Music from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, Netherlands, with Rita Dams and Tineke Steenbrink (2017 – 2018). Prior to this she studied a Bachelor and Graduate Diploma of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), taught by Patricia Price and David Wickham, where she was awarded as the top faculty graduate by the university, and also won awards including first place in Perth’s Royal Over-Seas League Singing Competition and Most Outstanding Vocalist at the North Perth Music Festival.
Most recent operatic projects include the role of Daphne in Lost and Found opera company’s production of Actéon (Perth, 2018); and July 2018 workshops of Cesti’s Le Nozze in Sogno and Legrenzi’s Eteocle e Polinice at L’Abbaye Royaumont, France, with Christophe Rousset. Previous operatic roles include Isifile in Cavalli’s Giasone (The Hague, 2018), Dido and Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Perth, 2013 and London, 2017), Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo (London, 2018), Galatea in Handel’s Acis and Galatea (London, 2018), Cesare in Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica (The Hague, 2018), and Sand Man/Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (Perth, 2014).
A Bach lover, Bonnie has been soprano soloist for St John’s Passion with the GoodEnsemble at Goodenough College in London, various Bach cantatas across London and The Hague, and took part in monthly RAM Bach Cantata series concerts while studying there. Other solo concert work has included music by J.C. Bach with Das Neue Mannheimer Orchester, chamber music of the Dutch Golden Age while in The Hague, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass with WAAPA in Perth (2016).
Passionate about art song, Bonnie took part in the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden, Austria (2017); WAAPA’s International Art Song Festival with Graham Johnson (2014 and 2015); and was an Art Song Perth Emerging Artist in 2014. In the past year, she has given regular song recitals in the Netherlands, France, and Australia.
Bonnie also loves ensemble singing and has worked with groups including the Song Company (Australia, for their 2018 One Equal Music tour, with director Antony Pitts), Polyphony (Stephen Layton’s London-based choir), and the Giovanni Consort (Perth, Western Australia). She is also a member of the Cathedral Choir and Consort at St George’s Cathedral, Perth.
Bonnie’s ongoing love of Irish folk music (being half Northern Irish) began as a child, when at the age of 11, she sang in The Chieftains’ Perth concert and became involved with Perth’s Irish Club and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.